2010-02-05 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:

Sex addiction is a feminist victory, according to an article in Slate, apparently because it allows man shaming. Malevolence-based medicine rears its ugly head.

The BPS Research Digest covers research finding CBT-based self-help books might do more harm than good for people who worry a lot.

The public are asked for their opinion on the recent news that The Lancet retracts the Wakefield autism paper, by The Onion.

Neurophilosophy has an excellent piece on big news that the first evidence for navigation essential grid cells in the human brain.

Why does time fly by as you get older? NPR has a great segment that tackles the cognitive science of changing time perception with age.

Neuroskeptic has an excellent piece on a new fMRI scanning technique that manages 10 scans a second over a thin slice. If you’re not reading Neuroskeptic, you should be, it’s great.

Any Freemasonry in the family? The Independent has a piece on one man’s experience of trying gay ‘conversion’ ‘therapy’ in the UK.

The Economist looks to the February 10th release of the first draft of the new psychiatric manual, the DSM-V. Doesn’t mention that it is likely to unleash a bun-fight of biblical proportions.

Mind Hacks is a top 30 science blog according to The Times and a top 100 blog for psychology students according to News42. Shakira todavía no me ha llamado.

H+ Magazine covers the announcement that the next $10 million X Prize is for a brain-computer interface. I shall propose ‘fingers’ as my entry.

There’s a thought-provoking piece on whether racism is partly due to perceptual illusions over at The Vision Revolution.

Fora.tv has an excellent talk about the new book ‘The Harvard Psychedelic Club’ about how the psychedelic revolution emerged from the Harvard psychology department, based on the new book of the same name.

Reactive action is quicker action, according to research covered by Not Exactly Rocket Science.

Nature has an excellent short article on writer Jorge Luis Borges interest in neuroscience but it’s locked behind a paywall because this information can kill! It’s for your own good.

“We have buried Trials 15, 31, 56…” The Carlat Psychiatry Blog covers jaw-dropping evidence of drug companies Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca hiding evidence and lying about drug harm.

The Daily Mirror has a poor write-up but a genius headline over the recent internet and depression flap: “Does being inter the net bring you down loads?”

Is Telephony Making Us Stupid? Carl Zimmer’s The Loom covers Mark Twain’s article about the dangers of the telephone.

NPR has a good short piece on Haiti, imposing Western ideas about <a href="Mental Health Disaster Relief Not Always Clear Cut
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122981850&ft=1&f=1001″>trauma and how some treatment can do more harm than good.

Teaching abstinence makes teens delay sex? Dr Petra presents the evidence behind the media hype.

The Washington Post reports that the US Defense Department starts an investigation into military mental health care after an exposé by Salon.

A new London exhibition on the history of the ‘Bedlam’ hospital and the development of mental health care in the UK is covered by The Guardian. Only runs until February 12th.

In the News is a fantastic forensic psychology blog.

The founder of the Baby Einstein sues the university for access to raw data for a study reporting that the DVDs actually slowed language development, reports Advances in the History of Psychology.

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