Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:
This is how it feels to learn your memories are fiction. Good BBC Future piece on confabulation from an event with the fantastic Headway East London. However, not rare as the strap line claims.
Neuroskeptic covers an interesting study on the neural precursors of spontaneous thoughts.
Who Will Debunk The Debunkers? Good FiveThirtyEight piece on why debunking memes can be myth and rumour.
Psychological Science in the Public Interest has a long, detailed impressive review article on the causes of differences in sexual orientation.
Good piece in Gizmodo on why the brain’s ‘pain matrix’ probably isn’t a ‘pain matrix’. Ignore the headline, has nothing at all to do with how pain is ‘diagnosed’.
PrimeMind has an excellent piece on the false dream of less sleep and why you can almost never win against sleep deprivation.
Science probably does advance one funeral at a time, reports Vox, covering an intriguing study.
The Atlantic reports on a new meta-analysis suggesting the harmful effects of spanking children based on correlative evidence. Should we be doing RCTs of controversial social interventions? asked Ben Goldacre last year.
The impressive ‘dictionary in the brain study’ has been fairly badly reported – lots of mention of words ‘located’ in the brain and brain area’s lighting up. Stat has a short but appropriate critique.