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Encephalon #37

It’s been a long time since I last hosted a carnival, but who could resist Mo when he asked so nicely if I would be interested in hosting Encephalon? Of course I will! And here it is and I hope you enjoy it, with a great diversity of posts, linked in the order I received them:

GrrlScientist of Living the Scientific Life invites us all to the Mouse Party to see the difference between ‘your brain’ and ‘your brain on drugs’.

Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science looks at the recent study on the neurobiology of aesthetics: Brain of the beholder – the neuroscience of beauty in sculpture.

Dr. Deb notes the actor who turned into an advocate for people suffering from mental illness – Joe Pantoliano is Fighting Stigma.

Chris Patil of Ouroboros blogs about ageing – and not just in humans: Longer living through chemistry: Serotonin signaling and CR mimesis in the worm.

Steve and Sandra of Omni Brain were busy this week, pronouncing that Freud is dead (Well… except in english departments), discovering the First recorded experiment? Daniel 1: 1-16 and finding a real scienceblogs.com Hit Of The Week: Psychopharmacologist Song.

PZ Myers is teaching his Neurobiology course this semester and a number of his students are regularly guest-blogging on Pharyngula, asking good questions and tapping into the collective wisdom of the commenters. Here are some excellent recent examples of their work:

Living Clocks of Arctic Animals by Blue_Expo

Hurts so Good by Katie Glasrud

Genetic link of OCD explored by Lua Yar

All I Want for Christmas is Synaesthesia by Bright_Lights

Zebrafish by Mark_Antimony

Synesthesia by Harderkid13

Sandy G of The Mouse Trap sent in two entries: The eight-fold structure of evolutionary biology/ cultural evolution and Schizophrenia: sensory gating and extracting meaning from noise.

Johan Carlin of The Phineas Gage Fan Club looks at a recent study of voting behavior in Evidence for shallow voters, or mere exposure?

The Neurocritic‘s latest is Employment Opportunity as a Professional fMRI Subject – a neuroimaging study demonstrating that it’s rewarding to win a competition and to earn more money than a rival. What a
breakthrough!

Dave and Greta Munger of of Cognitive Daily force a smile for science: ‘Just smile, you’ll feel better!’ Will you? Really?

Alvaro Fernandez of SharpBrains, one of the nine bloggers represented in this carnival who I have had the joy and privilege to meet in person, in real offline life, sent his interview with Robert Emmons on the Positive Psychology of Gratitude, as well as Brain Fitness Program and Neuroplasticity @ PBS and Is Intelligence Innate and Fixed?

Mo of Neurophilosophy, the founder and manager of this carnival, is blogging furiously about axon guiance – four parts so far: The growth cone, A novel axon guidance mechanism, The turning point and Axon guidance: New directions.

From the host of the previous edition, Noam of Brain In A Vat, two entries. First, a study on perceived contributions of first, middle and last authors on biomedical publications: Too Many Authors Spoil the Credit. Second, a Thanksgiving-themed post about the cognitive effects of tryptophan: Need a Favor? Wait Until After the Turkey

Tell Mo if you wish to host the next edition of Encephalon and submit your entries for it using the automated blogcarnival form.

Comments

  1. #1 Mo
    December 3, 2007

    Many thanks Bora.

    BTW the next one is at Not Exactly Rocket Science.