Spike activity 08-04-2016

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

Why we’re living in an era of neuroscience hype. Excellent piece in The Daily Dot by well-known neuroscience blogger Neuroskeptic.

The Atlantic has a wonderful piece on teaching neuroscience in prison. No, not some dodgy course on ‘better living through neuroscience’ – genuine neuroscience. A great reflection on teaching science in an unlikely place.

How deep learning survived the AI winter and came to dominate cognitive computing. Great piece in re/code.

Nautilus has an interesting piece on the science of empathy in the caring professions.

My terrifying – and valuable – time in a psychiatric ward. Times Higher Educational Supplement has a piece by a US academic.

The Psychologist has an excellent piece by novelist Alex Pheby on Daniel Paul Schreber’s classic memoirs of psychosis.

The killer of Kitty Genovese dies in prison. The New York Times covers the case, the killer and the psychology myth.

Scientific American Mind asks why does the brain need so much energy?

5 thoughts on “Spike activity 08-04-2016”

  1. Re: academic spending “valuable” time in a psych ward. I self admitted to the old St Vincent’s in NYC. A total depressing joke. Even more of a joke? The billing to my insurance for doctors I might have said hello to or spoke to for a couple of minutes on up the pecking order. I hope that the post ACA system doesn’t allow MD’s to go crazy with the billing.

  2. Regarding academic spending time in a psych ward. That an egg head learned there are consequences to his words ( threat of self-violence to his doctor) was fun to read. They used snakes in the old mad house to induce fear , into the insane.
    “Terror acts powerfully upon the body, through the medium of the mind, and should be employed in the cure of madness.”Benjamin Rush

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