FRIDAY BITES – 08/03/2013

Right, there is a lot (a lot!) for you today… Now I’m off to watch Memento so have a good weekend

Michael Pettit’s The Science of Deception: Psychology and Commerce in America intertwines the histories of psychology and commerce (and the historical development of psychological methods) with the view of the ‘self’ as deceitful and deceivable.

Imagine…  a tadpole whose eyes were transplanted onto the bottom of their bodies, and if you’re struggling have a read of this article (with pictures!): Eyes Work Without Connection to Brain: Ectopic Eyes Function Without Natural Connection to Brain.

Irritatingly, but true, most people assume that their experience of their own mind and other people’s actions makes them sufficiently expert to discount any other explanation even if it’s scientifically validated. Why? Neuroscience has entered the public consciousness (When this article mentions research it actually adds a link to the original paper!! – Ben Goldarce would be proud!).

Amazingly a new study has found that most people are not impressed by the technical brilliance of brain scan images.

Artist Matteo Farinella is teaming up with neuroscientist Dr. Hana Ros to create a graphic novel called Neurocomic, which is aimed at teaching readers about how our minds really work.

During a fearful experience, particular changes in brain activity patterns may predict whether a long-term fear memory is formed.

No longer available on iplayer but ‘Susan Calman is Convicted’ (Episode 3: Depression) was a heart-warming and incredible funny (like chuckle-out-loud funny) account of her own experience with depression, therapy and coping. Have a listen if it is ever repeated, but until then, here is a clip.

Just to get the cuteness-level up, here’s a 30-second video of a newborn sleeping baby, and when Eulerian Video Magnification is used the baby’s face blinks crimson with each tiny heartbeat.

From Star Trek to Terry Pratchett novels, the idea that one race can communicate via the mind and work as one individual has existed in folklore for hundreds of years. And now science fiction has become science fact as a brain-to-brain interface has been developed that can transmit information from one rat directly to another.

Researchers have made the first wireless, implantable, rechargeable brain-computer interface (moving things with our minds people!!) and humans might be next in line for testing the device!

What not to do when writing a research paper: Need more material for your paper under review? Just take it from someone else’s conference presentation.

A tool which could radically improve the diagnosis of language delays in infants in the UK is being developed by psychologists at Lancaster University.

How to get those creative juices flowing: Creativity is actually a distinct process triggered by a few key factors.

What insight therapy can do for mental health, Shoes, Marshmallows and Dogs, sounds crazy, we know, but give it a read anyway…

While we’re on the topic of mental health… Fighting mental illness stigma in the classroom.

And according to this article autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia all share several genetic risk factors according to a new study published last month in the Lancet.

Interesting piece on the contagiousness of depression.

To This Day is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan called “To This Day”, that further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Meditation may seem an odd resource for the military, but recent studies have shown that mindfulness meditation is extremely effective in lowering symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

From TEDtalks ‘The Unquiet Mind’ – We’ve all had that moment. The moment where you might see or hear something and you wonder: Am I going crazy? In this hour, TED speakers share their experiences straddling that line between madness and sanity — and question if we’re all in the gray area between the two.

In this radio programme Ken Arnold explores how three European countries variously tell the history of mental illness. What do museums of madness tell us about who we were and who we are?

Happy Friday!


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