2010-12-10 Spike activity

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

The New York Times has an article on the sociology of the hipster. Sell outs.

Voodoo correlations – two years later. The Neurocritic looks back at the famous paper on problems with fMRI analysis and what, if anything, has changed in neuroscience as a result.

The Guardian has a piece from neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt on how ‘the government cannot think logically about drugs’. Or education, as it turns out.

How an why do parents lie to their children? The brilliant Evidence Based Mummy covers some fascinating findings – for example – ‘parents who were more punitive in their response to their children lying were actually more likely to lie to their children.’

Time has a brief interview with Antonio Damasio on his new book on consciousness.

Curb those food cravings by imagining yourself eating lots of food. Not Exactly Rocket Science covers a counter-intuitive study on desire and imagination.

The Wall Street Journal has a great Dan Ariely article on the role of guilt in buying gifts. ’tis the season to feel slightly uncomfortable.

There’s an interview with neuropsychologist Suzanne Corkin, long time researcher with amnesic patient HM, over at Neurophilosophy. See the matching article on HM over at Dana.

New Scientist covers a study finding how your social ties can be worked out from coincidences in photos you upload to the internet.

Why is uncertainty so dangerous? The Frontal Cortex has an excellent piece on who fear of uncertainty can affect our decision-making.

Slate analysis the data grabbed from Firefox users to give an insight into our online behaviour.

The mighty Neuroskeptic covers a new study finding mindfulness meditation based therapy is as effective as anti-depressants in prevent relapses of depression for some patients.

Discover Magazine has a piece on the psychology of how not to choke under pressure. And no, it doesn’t mean getting your friend to do it for you.

Why does pot make you puke? Addiction Inbox looks at the neuroscience of cannabis and severe vomiting.

The New York Times looks at the neuroscience of solving ‘light bulb suddenly coming on the head and illuminating the answer’ problems. Otherwise known as insight problems.

There’s level-heading continuing coverage of the flap over the American Anthropological Association dropping “science” from its long-range plan statement over at Neuroanthropology.

All in the Mind from ABC Radio National had a challenging and thought-provoking programme on rethinking suicide by a researcher who has also attempted it.

Six haikus about psychology from Notably Conventional Delivery. Based on blog posts from the mind and brain blogoshere!

Scientific American has a thought-provoking and important article on whether psychedelic therapy exploits the placebo effect.

An originally designed study on paranoid explanations for others’ actions is discussed by the BPS Research Digest.

The Daily Beast has an excellent analysis of the silliness surrounding the so-called ‘slut gene’ and other over-interpreted genetic findings.

The German Admiral’s orgy and the breaking point of British WWII propaganda. PsyWar covers an interesting chapter in the history of PSYOPs.

The Guardian has a brilliant satirical piece on the sinister threat to our language and brains.

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. I suspect the car manufacturer didn’t count on their statement being analysed by a philosopher of mind who specialises in perception. The Splintered Mind does us proud.

The Herald has a powerful account of the last minutes 2000AD and Judge Dredd comic artist John Hicklenton’s life as he visits the Dignitas assisted suicide service in Switzerland.

Does repetition really makes us believe people more? PsyBlog covers the evidence.

Wired Science covers and study on how being watched by a photograph of staring eyes can be enough to make us behave more responsibly.

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