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After I wrote in my Atlantic article about getting my serotonin transporter gene assayed (which revealed that I carry that gene’s apparently more plastic short-short form), I started getting a lot of email — several a week — from readers asking how to have their SERT gene tested. This led to an interesting hunt. It…

What grabbed people at Neuron Culture this month? Hands-down winner: Does depression have an upside? It’s complicated, which looked at the uproar raised by Jonah Lehrer’s NY Times Magazine story on “Depression’s Upside.” Depression and evolution: two very complex dynamics there. Much rich ground to explore, this got some great comments. I’ll do more, eventually…

Cordyceps in glass, by glass artist Wesley Fleming — a strange depiction of a rather horrid business. For more, do go to the source, the lovely Myrmecos Blog, which is all about bugs. Now, the best of the week’s gleanings. I’m going to categorize them from here out, and at least try to keep them…

Jonah Lehrer’s story on “Depression’s Upside” has created quite a kerfuffle. The idea he explores — that depression creates an analytic, ruminative focus that generates useful insight — sits badly with quite a few people. It’s not a brand-new idea, by any means; as Jonah notes, it goes back at least to Aristotle. But Jonah…

Hits of the week past

Hits of the week: Savage Minds (with a spiffy website redesign) asks Why is there no Anthropology Journalism? Jerry Coyne takes sharp exception to both a paper and a SciAm Mind Matters article by Paul Andrews and Andy Thomson arguing that depression might be an evolutionary adaptation. Dr. Pangloss punches back. (NB: 1. I was…

The video interview above, with NIH primatologist Stephen Suomi, is embedded within a feature of mine that that appeared today at The Atlantic website — and is in the December 2009 issue now shipping — about a new hypothesis in behavioral genetics. This emerging hypothesis, which draws on substantial data, much of which has gone…

On the radar of late: Neuroskeptic ponders reports that antidepressant use in the U.S. has doubled in the last decade. As he notes, perhaps the most troubling thing finding in the study is that the number of Americans using an antipsychotic as well as an antidepressant increased by a factor of more than 3. This…

If nothing else, this points out the need to clarify what “past 5 years” means in declaring history of possible conflicts of interest. 5 years before publication — or research and writing? Presumably there’s a difference, if we’re specifyng a time frame anyway

Big psych news of the day is that a big JAMA study debunked the “depression gene” — that is, this big new study (by Risch et alia, in JAMA, today) found that, contrary to a famous earlier big study (Caspi et alia, in Science, 2003), the short (“bad”) form of a particular gene called 5-HTT…

Amid my flu frenzy I missed Vaughn Bell’s excellent consideration of CIA psychology through the declassified memos: I’ve been reading the recently released CIA memos on the interrogation of ‘war on terror’ detainees. The memos make clear that the psychological impact of the process is the most important aim of interrogation, from the moment the…