Eureka brain special and more fighting

The Times has just released its monthly science magazine, Eureka, with a special issue on the brain and all the articles freely available online.

There doesn’t seem to be a way to link to a whole issue, but inside you’ll find an excellent piece on the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to temporarily switch off bits of the working brain, a profile of neurosurgeon Huma Sethi, an article on commercial brain-computer interfaces, a remarkable piece on how old injuries can ‘return’ to affect phantom limbs as well as an exploration of the link between brain activity and sporting skill.

Probably my favourite is an article on how forensic science and criminology are increasingly using neuroscience, and there’s also an account of a writer’s experience of being brain scanned and a description of the Total Recall project which aims to digitally record everything about day-to-day life.

There’s also a piece by me, where I go to head-to-head with Baroness Susan Greenfield in the Fight Club section where we debate ‘Is screen culture damaging our children‚Äôs brains?’.

Greenfield goes for the usual “maybe.. perhaps… could it be?… tada! compulsive gambling and schizophrenia!” argument, so I hope I’m a little more evidence-based. Anyway, you can read for yourself.

I also debated exactly the same thing with psychologist Tracey Alloway live earlier today, and you can read the transcript here. It’s more in-depth but is less coherent and has typos and bad jokes.

Also don’t miss out on the fantastic downloadable brain poster, which is available online as a (big) jpg file.

I’m still reading through all the articles but the ones I’ve read so far have been excellent. A motherlode of neuroscience reading.

2 thoughts on “Eureka brain special and more fighting”

  1. I have just discovered your blog and glad of it I must say! Thanx to Book of Joe for that.
    ‘Also don’t miss out on the fantastic downloadable brain poster, which is available online as a (big) jpg file.’
    Can I get this as a color poster anywhere rather than a file?

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