Spike activity 15-05-2015

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

What does fMRI measure? Excellent fMRI primer on the Brain Box blog.

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent profile of neuroscientist Sophie Scott and her research understanding laughter.

Time has a piece on how rappers are de-stigmatising mental illness.

A brilliant review of neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s book ‘Do No Harm’ from The New Yorker also works as a wonderful stand-alone article.

APA Monitor has a great interview with cognitive psychology pioneer Jerome Bruner as he approaches his 100th birthday.

The Brighter Side of Rabies. The New Yorker on how one of the world’s most deadly pathogens is revolutionising brain science.

The Verge has a piece on the ‘engineers of addiction’. Slot machine designers perfected compulsive play now tech wants their tricks.

The first scientific studies have attempted to understand the blue and black / white and gold dress phenomenon and are covered in The New York Times.

The New Yorker has a great non-hagiographic review of Oliver Sacks’ new biography.

Oddly, I’ve been quoted in a trailer for Ex Machina although my name has been spelt wrong which proves that machines aren’t invincible and humans will triumph in the coming robot war.

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