Blogging on the Brain: 4/18

What better way to start out than some cool visual illusions known as hybrid images.

It's a short jump from visual illusions to mass delusions.

Is the benefit of exercise a similar mass delusion, a kind of population-level placebo effect?

How do we turn perception into action? It may involve binding between the brain's dorsal and ventral visual processing streams.

A new NSF-funded center for understanding the temporal dynamics of learning.

The mystery of sleep, at Slate.

Propranolol, the amnesia drug: one step closer to eternal sunshine.

Nicotine as a memory (and attention) enhancer? Don't let the tobacco companies get ahold of this one.

Does the hipopcampus train the cortex, or the other way around?

Train up your own memory with one of these.

Memory implants modeled after the hippocampus.

The Brain Radio: is it possible to build a device that might "tune in" to neural oscillations of particular frequencies? "It's like having a radio station....or several radio stations inside your head."

The psychology of elections.

An always entertaining cliche: the fallacy of scale-equivalence.

Faster neural simulation using field-programmable gate arrays.

Human-competitive memory performance - in monkeys. This following the recent discovery that chimps are more recently evolved than humans.

Surprising intelligence among ravens.

The literal psychological playground, the newest development in science's discovery of the importance of play.

And the story of how fun disappeared.

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Finally, a non-neuroscience oriented link: mechanical sculptures by Christopher Conte (via Neatorama)

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thanks MC! Added.