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Weekly Noggin Raisers 7

brainJonah Lehrer’s latest book, How We Decide, has hit the shelves.  If you like The Frontal Cortex, this book is a must read.

The joy of learning continues to receive insightful attention at Mind Hacks

Does disbelief in free will increase aggression?  Psyblog investigates the answer.

Want to learn a bit about male sexual sweatNeurocritic has the scoop.

Ars Psychiatrica delves into the ever explosive science and religion discussion with The Missing All.

The New Scientist has an interesting piece on the mathematics learning disorder known as discalculia.

Monkeys are gadget junkies just like us, according to this Wired Science piece

And finally, the latest issue of SEED is out, and there’s too much good stuff in it to specify. It’s all worth reading.


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Noggin Raisers Vol.6

brainmapIf you want to lose weight, is it better to clear the house of sweets, or put a pile in every room?  We’re Only Human provides the paradoxical answer

Ars Psychiatrica gives us a tour of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s troubled psyche when he penned “The Crack Up”

Dr. Shock tells us why chronic stress is a critical risk factor in psychiatry

Great piece at Mind Hacks telling us about how we learn

Hack your brain and hallucinate with ping pong balls using this graphic from The Boston Globe

Trust and fraud are the topics of an insightful post at The Frontal Cortex

Is Google making us Stoopid?  Not at all says Carl Zimmer, and he’s got the argument to back it up

The Situationist points us to a piece about why we crave the smell of a loved one’s clothes

The lively debate about voodoo neuroscience goes on at The Neurocritic, and here at BPS Research

Shrink Rap helps keep us grounded with a human experiment

And finally, although this has nothing to do with the topics of this blog, I want to let you know that YOU too can have your very own Obamicon, courtesy of Paste Magazine.


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Weekly Noggin Raisers 5

brain5Science and culture writer David Dobbs has returned to bloggery with Neuron Culture; exceptional insights and wit to be found there

Competition and the effects of excessive choice are the topics of a thoughtful post at The Frontal Cortex

W’e’re Only Human gives us some unsettling news concerning the power of false confessions in court

Seth’s Blog has a few things to say about how we handle boundaries

Rationally Speaking muses on the enigma of spirituality for the skeptic

A new invention is enabling ultrasound to open windows into the brain, reports The New Scientist

The Research Digest explores whether the police are any better than the rest of us at judging eye-witness statements

Where does humor and laughter reside in the brain? asks Dr. Shock

Brain Hammer takes a respectable shot at defining intentionality

NeuroLogica delves into the controversy surrounding the rise in autism rates

Evolutionary perspectives on personality are investigated at The Mouse Trap

Ars Psychiatrica  discusses the tragic story of Brent Cambron, an anesthesiologist who developed an opioid addiction

And My Mind on Books provides a list of cognitive science books coming out this year

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Weekly Noggin Raisers #4

intelligenza_test1Neuroanthropology posted the “Best of Anthro 2008” prizes – some really interesting posts on the list

Neurocritic has a great discussion explaining how ‘Deal or No Deal’ is an example of Daniel Kahneman‘s prospect theory

Ars Psychiatrica takes us on an insightful tour of the complex psychology of Abraham Lincoln

The Frontal Cortex discusses the failures of neuropharmacology and evidence confirming the effectiveness of talk therapy


Seth Godin talks to us about passion and the much debated 10,000 hour rule of expertise

Channel N lists its choices for the top science videos of 2008

Mind Hacks discusses research on the linkage between sex, orgasm and childbirth

Neurophilosophy provides analysis of research that suggests humans and monkeys categorize objects in similar ways

Cognition and Culture explores the question, why do we sometimes dehumanize our fellow humans?

And on Point of Inquiry, Paul Kurtz is interviewed about his new book, Forbidden Fruit, which discusses the application of science and reason to the good life

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Weekly Noggin Raisers #3

intelligenza_test1Channel N features a video of a lecture by surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland, who describes his experience undergoing ECT for depression

Neurocritic provides an intriguing, to say nothing of unusual, glimpse into the psychodynamics of sneezing

My Mind on Books has a worthwhile review of the book, My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

The Situationist has a good piece about the recent replication of Stanley Milgram’s famous experiment

NeuroSkeptic tells us seven things we don’t know about Stanley Milgram (read it, you’ll want to know even more when you do)

The Frontal Cortex draws an insightful, if unexpected line between Hanukkah and Colonoscopies

Psyblog provides a path to discovering your top five character strengths via a 15-minute survey

Neurophilosophy discusses a recent PloS study about altering the human sense of body ownership

Mind Hacks discusses a fascinating study about triggering the ‘dreamy state’ , and also introduces us to Elektro, the original robotic sex machine

And The New Atlantis asks, is digital literacy really literacy at all?

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Weekly Noggin Raisers #2

intelligenza_test1Neuroanthropology has my top post of the week on the Flynn effect and intelligence – an exceptional, in-depth piece

Mind Hacks and Dr. Shock both handily took on the debatable concept of Internet addiction

Ars Psychiatrica expands the same addiction debate to include food and sex

Neuroskeptic posted one of my favorite reads of the week entitled We Are Really Sorry, But Your Soul is Still Dead

Rationally Speaking has a good piece on why machines are poor metaphors for organisms

The Situationist posted an intriguing article about research on oppositional beliefs in God and science

BPS Research Digest tells us that our personality may affect the age we live to

Michael Nielsen reviews Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers and discusses the 10,000 hour rule of expertise

Ionian Enchantment provided an excellent tip about where to find Jorge Luis Borges’ The Library of Babel as an MP3

Skepticality has an interview with the creators of the TV series Numb3rs about the challenges of incorporating actual science into a TV show

NeuroLogica takes apart the intellectual dishonesty of  “new creationism” and neuroscience denial

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Weekly Noggin Raisers

I’m kicking off a weekly tour to capture what I think are some of the best mind and brain-related 080327172352-largeposts and articles of the last week. Let me know if you have suggestions for future weeks.

∞ Dr. Shock  gets us up close and personal with a neuron – great animated view you won’t see very often

∞ Neuroskeptic delivers well wrought lessons from the ‘placebo gene’, refering to a recent Swedish study as reported on by the New Scientist among other news outlets.

∞ The Frontal Cortex has an interesting post about training the unconscious (or, why the Wonderlic test is useless when it comes to quarterbacks)

∞ The Situationist discusses the situation of conspiracy theories, and the psychology of people who text while driving 

∞ All in the Mind brings us the story of poor little Hans, Freud’s original poster boy for the Oedipus Complex.

∞ PsyBlog tells us about the 12 Laws of Emotions

∞ Neuroanthropology waxes thoughtfully about Our Blessed Lady of the Cerebelum, refering to the story of that most blessed FMRI scan whereupon the virgin mother allegedly left an imprint

∞ Mind Hacks discusses a new study that suggests our use of jargon for newly popularized medical conditions changes our understanding of the disease

∞ Ars Psychiatrica comments on the latest happiness study findings and adds considerable insight to the discussion

∞ connects up Will Wilkinson from the Cato Institute and Paul Bloom from Yale to chat about free will, religion and atheism

∞ Carl Zimmer at The Loom has a thought-inspirng piece on whether good science can be used to create good science fiction, or not

∞ entertainment_games_lwf_brain The BPS Research Digest tells us to get rid of our credit cards and don’t shop when we’re sad

∞ My Mind on Books gives us a preview of the philosophy of mind books coming out next year

∞ Pure Pedantry gives us the real scoop on the alleged addictive potential of sugar


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