Spike activity 05-12-2014

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

There’s a picture gallery from the abandoned Talgarth and Denbigh asylums at Wales Online.

The Guardian has a piece on psychologist William Marston, polyamory, feminism and the genesis of Wonder Woman. Doesn’t mention he also invented the polygraph.

The saga of the lost, maybe found, and probably destroyed lost brains of Texas University is covered by the New York Times.

Pacific Standard has an interesting piece on what sociologists can tell us about serial killing.

End of the Road for “Endophenotypes”? Neuroskeptic covers a provocative but not particularly well powered study on the highly cited psychiatric Lego blocks of the mind.

BBC News has an investigative piece on the ‘world’s most dangerous’ psychiatric hospital. Very disturbing indeed.

Excellent piece in BBC Future on common myths about PTSD.

For decades, the idea of a language instinct has dominated linguistics. It is simple, powerful and completely wrong, argues linguist Vyvyan Evans over at Aeon

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