The October issue of Popular Science has several excellent articles about the mind. My favorite is a collection of five explanations of unusual or creepy sensations that are caused by neurological glitches.
Reporter Veronique Greenwood included short summaries of academic research about each of the mental malfunctions. I was pleased to see that she included the names and affiliatons of the researchers, but disappointed that she only identified one of the journals in which the research that she described appears.
After reading dense blurbs like these, I often want to know more.
It always irritates me when huge publications like PopSci go to great lengths to create a fantastic story, and then slap it up on the web without adding any extra information. They could have at least linked to the webpages of each researcher and some of their abstracts. That would have taken a half hour and greatly enriched the article.
For your enjoyment, here are profiles of those five researchers:
Note that you can find long lists of their scholarly publications on each of these pages.
Susumu Tonegawa – Deja Vu, Nature Reviews Neuroscience 5, 361-372
Eric Altschuler – Out of Body Experience, Perception 36(4) 632 – 634
Jamie Ward – Mirror-touch Synesthesia, Brain, 128, 1571-1583
Olaf Blanke — You’re Being Watched
Amir Amedi — Seeing sounds, Neuron, Vol 48, 859-872
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Or she will play tricks on your brain.