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A Theory Worth Sharing

Those of you who have been following this blog since the beginning will already have heard about Rutgers Anthropologist Helen Fisher’s theory that SSRI’s are endangering people’s ability to fall in love and stay in love. If you have, the title of the the article I just wrote for Psychology Today online will be familiar:…

Encephalon #20

Welcome to Encephalon, the blog carnival for brain geeks and those who love them. We got a heap of submissions this time around, so let’s dive right in: The Brain: An Owner’s Manual First up, Alvaro over at Sharp Brains discusses how aging brains may be affecting the legal profession, and urges us to keep…

The Biggest Memory Game of All

(Originally published in ChelseaNow, March 23-29) “I like to think of today’s event as the NBA finals combined with the Super Bowl and the World Series,” said world-renowned memory expert Tony Buzan in his opening remarks at the 10th annual USA Memory Championship on March 10. Before him in the auditorium of the Con Edison…

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ENCEPHALON ON NEURONTIC

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Neurontic is pleased to host the next edition of Encephalon, the carnival for brain aficionados everywhere. Please send your entries to neurontic [at] gmail.com no later than the morning of Sunday April 8, so your host has time to digest them. (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink: If…

Hair.On.Fire.

Want to know what the life of a recently graduated journalism MA with staggeringly high student loans looks like? Not so much? Well, I don’t blame you. It’s not exactly the stuff memoirs are made of, but it is keeping me extremely busy. There’s been some freelance reporting for The New York Times and Fortune…

Blogs, Blogs, and More Blogs!

Hello fellow brain geeks, The Neurophilosopher has done us all a huge favor and compiled an exhaustive list of all of the neuroscience-related blogs out there. I’ve spent the morning adding new (and long-delayed) sites to the blogroll and thought you might want to take a look as well: Neurophilosopher’s Neuroscience Blog List.

Dear Neurontic

If I understand correctly, the seat of emotion is in the brain, in the limbic system, so why do I get butterflies in my stomach when I’m nervous? Sincerely, Stomach Upset Dear Stomach Upset, Remember that Steve Martin movie The Man With Two Brains? Well, it turns out they got the number wrong. It should…

Dispatches

Sorry for the ongoing radio silence, folks. Your friendly neighborhood blogger has come down with a vicious case of the flu. I plan to get right back up on the horse once the fever tremors have died down. In the meantime, here are a few interesting links: *Mind Hacks highlights a special edition of ABC…

A Futile Crusade

I’ve been holding off on commenting about the anti-religion campaign being spearheaded by Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett for a number of reasons. But I find myself growing increasingly frustrated with it and I finally feel compelled to put in my two cents.