Neuron Culture

Archives for January, 2010

The study made news–see, for example, this piece in the New York Times. But do the results really mean that antidepressants are ineffective? I don’t think so. In order to understand the implications of the study, you have to understand how clinical trials are conducted, and how radically they differ from usual care. via carlatpsychiatry.blogspot.com…

‘Twas the month of orchidness. I had a spotty month posting in December, as book bidness and then the holidays massacred blog production, but got some good traffic despite. The leaders: 1. Are “orchid kids” the same as “gifted children”? was my blog reaction to Lisa Belkin’s’ blog reaction at the Times to my Atlantic…

Avatar smackdown!

I rarely take direct exception to anything my friend Jonah Lehrer writes, and I fully recognize he’s just quick-riffing on a Hollywood movie. But if I understand his Avatar post correctly, my good man Jonah is arguing, at least in a minddump-at-the-bar sort of way, that James Cameron’s latest movie is a pretty full neuro-aesthetico-art-critico…