The Frontal Cortex

Archives for June, 2009

Animal Research

Daniel Engber has a very interesting series of articles over at Slate on Pepper the Dalmation and the use of stolen pets in biomedical research. In 1965, the theft of Pepper from a Pennsylvania farm – she ended up dying in a Bronx lab, sacrificed so that scientists could experiment with cardiac pacemakers – created…

BS Syndrome

Over at Neurophilosphy, there’s a wonderful post on “confabulatory hypermnesia,” or severe false memory syndrome: In the journal Cortex, researchers describe the case of a patient with severe memory loss who has a tendency to invent detailed and perfectly plausible false memories (confabulations) in response to questions to which most people would answer “I don’t…