Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:
Trends and fashions in the science of neurotransmitters. Neuroskeptic looks at this seasons hottest brain chemicals.
MIT Tech Reviews has an interesting piece on the new wave of normal hearing enhancement hearing aids.
Sorry Paleo diet aficionados, carbs were probably essentially to our evolving brains in early human history. Good piece in The New York Times.
National Geographic has a piece on how some isolated tribes in the Amazon are initiating contact and how it’s causing a rethink of existing policies.
Brain imaging research is often wrong. This researcher wants to change that. Great interview with Russ Poldrack in Vox.
Neurocritic asks: Will machine learning create new diagnostic categories, or just refine the ones we already have?
The Obscure Neuroscience Problem That’s Plaguing VR. Interesting Wired piece on the physiological challenges of virtual reality.
The Atlantic has thought-provoking article on ‘Learning Empathy From the Dead’ – the effects of corpse dissection on medical students’ empathy.
The amygdala is NOT the brain’s fear center. Joseph LeDoux sings it from his new blog I Got a Mind to Tell You.
Good edition of ABC Radio’s Philosopher’s Zone on dreaming.
Postmortemgirl has a great guide to postmortem brain studies in mental health.