The Frontal Cortex

Archives for February, 2009

Gut Memories

Over at the always wonderful blog Neurophilosophy, Mo has an excellent summary of a recent experiment that investigated the impressive prescience of our unconscious recognition memory: 12 healthy participants were presented with kaleidoscopic images under two different conditions. In one set of trials, they paid full attention to the images, and were then asked to…

Tennis and Time

Over at Global Post, a new international news service, there’s an interesting article on tennis greats and age. I didn’t realize that tennis talent – at least when measured by Grand Slam victories – basically drops off a cliff at the age of 28, which is why Federer can no longer beat Nadal. According to…

MRI and Back Pain

One of the case studies I use in How We Decide when discussing the dangers of information overload concerns the diagnosis of back pain. Before the introduction of MRI’s in the late 1980s, doctors were forced to rely on X-rays when diagnosing back pain. X-rays provide doctors with a limited amount of information, since they…

Book Tour

Just a quick note about some of the upcoming events on the book tour, which kicks off this Monday in Seattle. I hope to see you there! February 9, Seattle Town Hall, 7:30 PM February 10, Powell’s Books, Portland 7:30 PM February 11, UCSB, 7:30 PM February 12, Los Angeles Public Library, 7 PM February…

Colbert

That was fun! The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Jonah Lehrer Colbert Report Full EpisodesPaul McCartney Appearance Funny Political VideosMore Funny Videos A few random notes: 1) I can’t bring myself to watch the clip. Which reminds me of my brilliant idea for an fMRI experiment: show people videos of themselves in a…

Is This Real Life?

Sorry for the radio silence: I’ve been traveling and promoting the new book. (More on all my tour events in the near future, except to note that I’ll be in Seattle on Monday, then Powell’s Books on Tuesday!) And set your Tivos: I’ll be on the Colbert Report tonight, trying not to make an ass…

Shopping

In the last few months, American consumers have undergone a profound shift in their shopping habits. We’ve transitioned from being incessant consumers – the spendthrifts of the world – to reluctant savers. Here’s the Times: American consumers and businesses are embarking on an era of thrift as the recession deepens, saving more money as they…

The Ritalin Generation

I came of age in the Ritalin generation, which meant that plenty of my classmates in elementary school went to the nurse’s office for their little dose of drug. At the time, I remember being jealous of these kids, who not only got to miss 10 minutes of instruction but got to have a real,…

Facebook Friends

In the latest Seed, there’s an interesting dialogue between political scientist James Fowler and physicist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. I was particularly intrigued by their ruminations on the network dynamics of Facebook: JF: When we move from five friends in real life to 500 on Facebook, it’s not the case that we are having a close, deep…