Neurophilosophy

Archives for September, 2007

APA special feature on military mental health

The new issue of Monitor on Psychology, the American Psychology Association’s monthly magazine, has a special feature on the mental health of military personnel. The feature includes articles about the military’s efforts to recruit and train psychologists, and the changes that are being made, following criticisms earlier this year, that the Department of Defense is…

 (Image credit: C. Franklin/ PLoS One) In the first study of its kind, a team of Australian researchers have used satellite telemetry to show that crocodiles can navigate hundreds of kilometres to return to their home rivers after being moved. Mark Read, of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and his colleagues captured three large…

Additions to the feed reader

A handful of good blogs that I’ve found recently: Neural Dump Logical Science Dave’s Daily Dose of Science  Scientific Misconduct Blog

NY Times on creationist filmmakers’ deception

The New York Times has an article about how Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers and Eugenie Scott (director of the National Center for Science Education) were duped into appearing in Expelled, a film that puts forward the case for intelligent design and depicts science as something that limits freedom of thought. PZ has written about the…

Language evolution & science literacy

Just posted on the Seed website is an article about the evolution of language by Juan Uriageraka, from the October issue of Seed Magazine. Most of the article concerns the role of the FoxP2 gene in the brains of songbirds. (I discussed this gene earlier in the week in my post about echolocation.) Also on…

Stroke causes woman to feel sounds

In the Annals of Neurology, a team of physicians, led by Tony Ro of the Department of Psychology at Rice University in Houston, Texas, report the unusual case of a woman who began to feel sounds following a stroke The woman, a 36-year-old professor, suffered a rare type of cerebrovascular accident: a lacunar infarct, in…

Conscientiology & Projectiology

I received an email earlier today from one Nelson Abreu, who offered a criticism of the experimentally-induced out-of-body experiences that were reported recently, in the hope that I might post a reaction on my blog. In his message, Mr. Abreu tells me that the studies “reveal interesting things about dissociated perceptions under virtual reality conditions,…

Free online neuroscience vids

The Learner.org website has a large collection of video teaching modules for high school, college and adult students, including modules on the brain and mind. The Brain module has 32 film clips, ranging in length from 5-20 minutes. They include films about Phineas Gage, the visual system, sensori-motor integration, the role of synaptic plasticity in…

The insulta?

Both EurekAlert and ScienceDaily have a story called “Sense of taste different in women with anorexia nervosa”. The stories have been “adapted” from a press release issued earlier today by the University of California, San Diego. This “adaption” is nothing more than a reproduction of the press release, spelling mistakes included: …a new study finds…

To celebrate the 100th email issue of its research digest, the British Psychological Society has asked leading psychologists and bloggers to write a few paragraphs about the most important psychology experiment that’s never been done. Contributors include Susan Blackmore, Richard Gregory, Vaughan Bell of Mind Hacks and ScienceBlogs’ own Chris Chatham. The contributions are being…