All Blogs / Academics / Neuroscience / Popular

Statistical fallacy impairs post-publication mood

No scientific paper is perfect, but a recent result on the effect of mood on colour perception is getting a particularly rough ride post-publication. Thorstenson and colleagues published their paper this summer in Psychological Science, claiming that people who were sad had impaired colour perception along the blue-yellow colour axis but not along the red-green […]

Spike activity 02-10-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The madness of Charlie Brown. The Lancet has a wonderful article on Lucy, Charlie Brown’s local psychiatrist. The Atlantic has an excellent piece on new research showing neurons have different genomes. Mexico’s 13-year-old psychologist is amazing, reports USA Today. Sí, es. PLOS Neuro has […]

The Quiet Room

This month’s British Journal of Psychiatry has a brief but fascinating article about a 1979 Marvel comic featuring and written by rock legend Alice Cooper which depicts his real-life admission to a psychiatric ward. The comic was timed to coincide with the release of his concept album From The Inside which describes his experiences as […]

The Problem of Space Junk

We have been putting stuff into orbit around the Earth, especially low-Earth orbit, for the last 58 years. Space is a big place, so no one probably worried at first that we would start junking it up, but that is exactly what has happened in this short span of time. This is now a serious [...]

Yogic Farming in India

If I had to choose the one thing that has most transformed human civilization it is science. Prior to this remarkable invention history was characterized by conflicting ideologies, philosophies, superstitions, and religions. Some practical...Show More Summary

What we can learn from a PLOS Medicine study of antidepressants and violent crime

An impressively large-scale study published in PLOS Medicine of the association between antidepressants and violent crime is being greeted with strong opinions from those who haven’t read it. But even those who attempt to read the article might miss some … Continue reading »

Good Brain / Bad Brain

'Wiring diagrams' link lifestyle to brain function Human Connectome Project finds surprising correlations between brain architecture and behavioural or demographic influences.The brain’s wiring patterns can shed light on a person’s positive and negative traits, researchers report in Nature Neuroscience 1. Show More Summary

How the magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world

An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford. If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a coma: we all know […]

Music And Epilepsy, Part 2 – Music As Therapy

Approximately one-third of patients with epilepsy have a drug-resistant form of the disease. But even in cases where the pharmacological treatment is effective, it is common for side-effects of anti-epileptic drugs to arise, including...Show More Summary

Study Correlates Brain Connections to Intelligence

One marker of a good scientific study is that it provokes more questions than it answers. That thought kept occurring to me as I read a recent study: A positive-negative mode of population covariation links brain connectivity, demographics and behavior. The study essentially correlates specific patterns of brain connectivity – the degree to which different [...]

Music And Epilepsy, Part 1 – Music As a Trigger

Epilepsy is a common neurological condition affecting around 1% of the world’s population. It is characterized by the recurrent occurrence of seizures, which are disturbances of the electrical activity in the brain. The type and frequency of seizures vary widely and affect different people in different ways. The causes of epilepsy are in many instances unknown […]

Celiac Disease And Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – Is There a Link?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. Gluten sensitivity induces a inflammatory reaction in the small intestine mucosa, but it can also cause neurologic manifestations, such...Show More Summary

Denier vs Skeptic

The AP has recently published an updated version of its Stylebook, which contains the following entry: To describe those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces, use climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science. Avoid use of skeptics or deniers. This debate has been going [...]

fMRI Course Coming to Coursera in October

The first part of a two-part course on the topic, Principles of fMRI, opens at Coursera in October.

Neurohackers Gone Wild!

Scene from Listening, a new neuro science fiction film by writer-director Khalil Sullins. What are some of the goals of research in human neuroscience? To explain how the mind works. To unravel the mysteries of consciousness and free will. Show More Summary

A Primetime Psychology Experiment: Does TV Affect Behavior?

A remarkable paper just published in PLoS ONE reports on what is, I think, one of the largest psychological experiments of all time. Researchers Elizabeth L. Paluck and colleagues partnered with a TV network to insert certain themes (or messages) into popular dramas shown on US TV. Show More Summary

Spike activity 25-09-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Science has a fascinating piece on how cultures developed words for numbers – many languages don’t have words for numbers above five. The majority illusion. The social illusion covered by Tech Review where something can seem socially common despite being rare in the overall […]

44 Reasons Creationists are Deceptive, Final Installment

This week I have been making my way through a list of old and debunked creationist arguments put together by Michael Snyder (a young-earth creationist), giving the old arguments new life on social media. As science communicators we often have to play this game of whack-a-mole, persistently addressing points that have already been refuted. Each [...]

A museum of many minds

I spent a very long time in the old Bethlem museum, owing to the fact that there’s little else to do when you live at one of the world’s oldest psychiatric hospitals. The Bethlem Royal Hospital, or Bedlam as it’s been known in centuries past, has moved many times over its lifetime, but it’s now […]

Your Memory and Google

As I was searching for some very old emails last week, I sadly realised that many of them had been erased. Almost two decades of communication with friends and family, lost forever. I remember just a few phrases of the most precious emails which I had probably read more than a hundred times and sadly […]

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC