Spike activity 18-09-2015

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

GlaxoSmithKline straight-up lied about teen suicide attempts in a trial that was used to convince regulators that Paxil was safe for kids. In-depth from the BMJ. Good summary from The Atlantic.

The New York Times on basically the same shit from Johnson & Johnson over Risperdal. Jaw-dropping punchline: the profits were worth more than any financial blow-back in fines and law suits.

Fascinating article on how the ability to deceive is being built into AI and robot interactions from Fusion. To the bunkers!

The Whitehouse, yes, President Obama, issues an executive order requiring all government services to use behavioural science nudges ‘to Better Serve the American People’. “Your neighbours believe that we have always been at war with Eastasia…”

The neuroscience of Donald Trump. I SHIT YOU NOT. A Salon piece that should be a warning to everyone not to write neuroscience articles while high on butane.

The head of the world’s biggest mental health science organisation, the NIMH, is leaving to join Google. Will be deleting YouTube videos that mention the DSM.

Wired reports on a new campaign to ban sex robots. It’s the date-that-drags-on robots I want to see the back of.

The big review paper on the lack of political diversity in social psychology is finally out. Heterodox Academy has links to the full text.

MyCentralJersey reports on Jason Lunden, an autistic neuroscientist who researches the neuroscience of autism.

There’s a brilliant piece in The Psychologist about Geel in Belgium, where for 700 years boarders with learning disabilities and mental health problems have lived with residents.

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