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Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: Semantic Aphasia

From PubMed: Dragoy, O., Akinina, Y., & Dronkers, N. (2016). Toward a functional neuroanatomy of semantic aphasia: A history and ten new cases. Cortex. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2016.09.012 Almost 70 years ago, Alexander Luria incorporated...Show More Summary

Complex PTSD, STAIR, Social Ecology and lessons learned from 9/11- a conversation with Dr. Marylene Cloitre

Dr. Marylene Cloitre is the Associate Director of Research of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division and a research Professor of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University,

Yo Momma, Victorian Style

I've just finished Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, which is something of a cult classic amongst people of an atheist or skeptical persuasion. Written by Scottish author Charles Mackay in 1841, the book details...Show More Summary

Springtime for Griffin

Nick Griffin, leader of the loony right British National Party, twits that:While the Haiti earthquake is terrible, the winter death toll in Britain will be similar. No aid here though.... Individuals should give whatever they feel appropriate, but Britain is bankrupt. Show More Summary

A Brief History of Bipolar Kids

Can children get bipolar disorder?It depends who you ask. It's "controversial". Some say that, like schizophrenia, bipolar strikes in adolescence or after, and that pre-pubertal onset is extraordinarily rare. Others say that kids can be, and often are, bipolar, but their symptoms may differ from the ones seen in adults. Show More Summary

The Kids Are Alright

You may have heard about the amusing, er, debate between adult movie superstar Ron Jeremy and the video game industry:Violent video games have "a much bigger negative influence on kids" than pornography, a leading porn star has claimedWho's right? Neither. Show More Summary

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in "not caused by single virus" shock!

Late last year, Science published a bombshell - Lombardi et al's Detection of an infectious retrovirus, XMRV, in blood cells of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. This paper reported the presence of a recently-discovered virus in...Show More Summary

The Neuroscience of MySpace

How does popularity affect how we judge music?We tend to say we like what other people like. No-one wants to stand out and risk ridicule by saying they don't enjoy universally loved bands, like The Beatles... unless they're trying to...Show More Summary

"Cortical Stimulation" for Depression

The last decade saw a number of new experimental treatments for depression based around the idea of using electricity to alter brain function - deep brain stimulation (DBS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), and transcranial magnetic stimulation...Show More Summary

ECT in Nixonland

I've just finished Nixonland, Rick Perlstein's history of the 1960s. Some things I learned: Richard Nixon was a genius, albeit an evil one; the 1960s never ended; Rick Perlstein is my new favourite political author.The book also reminded...Show More Summary

The War on "Interesting"

My New Year's Blog Resolution - no more calling things "interesting".While writing, I sometimes find myself searching for an adjective to attach to something I've just mentioned, words to explain why I think it's relevant. It's... no... Show More Summary

Good News for Armchair Neuropathologists

Ever wanted to crack the mysteries of the brain? Dreamed of discovering the cause of mental illness?Well, now, you can - or, at any rate, you can try - and you can do it from the comfort of your own home, thanks to the new Stanley Neuropathology...Show More Summary

The Guineapigs

Before waterboarding, there was wall standing.The Guineapigs is a book by John McGuffin. It was published in 1974, at the height of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, and banned in Britain almost immediately.The "guineapigs" in question...Show More Summary

Neuroskeptic Gets "Cited"

...kind of. Last week, I blogged about a Nature paper, Eisenegger et al, reporting that giving women testosterone makes them behave more generously in a money-sharing procedure called the Ultimatum Game.But just a few days later, PLoS...Show More Summary

Gamma Knives Out

The Guardian covers contemporary psychosurgery - in their "Life and Style" section, believe it or not -A radical treatment for Obsessive-compulsive disorder patientsThe treatment being "gamma knife" lesions in OCD. Surgeons use a gamma knife to destroy part of the brain by aiming several beams of gamma rays at it from different angles. Show More Summary

That Sinking Feeling?

Sinking and Swimming is a paper just out from the Young Foundation, a British think-tank. It "explores how psychological and material needs are being met and unmet in Britain." I'm not sure how useful their broad concept of "unmet needs"...Show More Summary

Is AI Going to Save or Destroy Us?

Futurists have a love-hate relationship with artificial intelligence (AI). Elon Musk represents the fear side of this. In two recent articles we see two sides of this fear of AI. In a Vanity Fair piece we learn: He told Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance, the author of the biography Elon Musk, that he was afraid that his […]

Cosmic Dopamine: On "Neuroquantum Theories of Psychiatric Genetics"

Back in 2015, I ran a three part post (1,2,3) on Dr Kenneth Blum and his claim to be able to treat what he calls "Reward Deficiency Syndrome" (RDS) with nutritional supplements. Today my interest was drawn to a 2015 paper from Blum and...Show More Summary

More on Bird Evolution

The fossil evidence for the evolution of birds is currently one of the greatest evolutionary stories we have to tell. It is also a home run for the predictive value of evolutionary theory and is a devastating blow to any denial of common descent. Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859. At that […]

The Misuse of Meta-Analysis?

Over at Data Colada, Uri Simonsohn argues that The Funnel Plot is Invalid. Funnel plots are a form of scatter diagram which are widely used to visualize possible publication bias in the context of a meta-analysis. In a funnel plot, each data point represents one of the studies in the meta-analysis. Show More Summary

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