Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:
The Pentagon jumps on the brain implants for everything bandwagon but suggesting they could be a treatment for trauma, according to a piece in Wired. Shorter tours of duty like other coalition forces apparently not an option.
The Neurocritic has CASES OF INJURY OF THE HEAD, ACCOMPANIED BY LOSS OF BRAIN (oozing from the skull). Dig those old skool neurology cases.
Some of the best visual illusions are rounded in a gallery by Scientific American.
Overcoming Bias has a fantastic follow-up to our post on the ‘unskilled and unaware of it’ effect on subsequent studies that show the effect’s limitations and ways of manipulating it.
The psychological aftershocks of the Haiti earthquakes are covered in a powerful piece from the LA Times.
Science News on a study finding how bereaved relatives are helped by chance to view body after sudden loss, even in cases of violent death.
Independent walking robots made of DNA at Not Exactly Rocket Science. Yeah you heard, Mr ‘I Think You’ve Seen Terminator One Too Many Times’. Bunkers, now!
The Telegraph covers a case of a woman unable to recognise people by their voice.
Doctors are desensitised to other people’s pain, says a study covered by the BPS Digest. Can’t wait for the follow-up on dentists.
The New York Times discusses the science of a happy marriage. Doesn’t mention the difficult to achieve ability of noticing new female haircuts without prompting.
Near misses fuel gambling addiction according to a new study covered by Neurophilosophy.
There’s a video of the Best Illusion of the Year over at Scientific American. Clearly came out after the UK coalition government formed.
Faculty of 1000 discuss a paper finding that MRI affects brain activity. Let the weeping commence.
Want a career in social neuroscience? The Science careers blog has a post especially for you.
The Guardian reports that BBC4 are to screen a documentary following patients as they are sectioned (‘committed’) to psychiatric hospital. Wow.
There’s an interesting discussion on the philosophy of illness and our relationship to our bodies over at ABC Radio National’s Philosopher’s Zone.
Wired covers a recently released document giving some new information on the origins of the CIA’s MKULTRA ‘mind control’ project.
So, like what’s happened to Furious Seasons?
BBC Radio 4 has a great series on lie-detection and lie-detectors.
Men, teaching may be bad for your marriage, at least according to a study covered by NCBI ROFL. Being surrounded by beautiful women apparently.
The Wall Street Journal discusses Carl Jung’s mysterious ‘Red Book’ and an exhibition currently based on the tome. Article has awesome first paragraph.
Olivia Judson discusses if its possible to enhance the placebo effect at The New York Times.
Scientific American Mind’s Twitter feed has just become awesome.
Married neuroscience tag team Chris and Uta Frith discuss their life and work on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves.
The Guardian has a piece on how mental illness is a low development priority despite it being a major cause of disability in the developing world.
A study raises questions about the role of brain scans in courtrooms and is ably covered by Not Exactly Rocket Science.