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Thesis – Final Remarks

At the very beginning of this doctorate, the very first book I bought was Greg Murphy’s introductory The Big Book of Concepts (Murphy, 2002). At the time, I was charmed and delighted by the title. I could not imagine a … Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheerful.. scientifically validated!

http://www.spring.org.uk/…de-2-minute.php It takes just two minutes a week to make yourself happier. All you have to do is sit down make a list of five things you are grateful for and you’ll be 25% happier. Jeremy at the always brilliant … Continue reading

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Psychology is hard.

“Psychology has the bizarre quality as an academic field that it’s both the hardest and the easiest thing to do. To really explain anything about how people behave is just hard. But to almost explain it in a way that’s … Continue reading

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The Law of Monkey Brains

http://www.pointlesswaste…nkeysphere.html That’s the whole thing, right here. Life on Earth, in a nutshell. We are hard-wired to have a drastic double standard for the people inside and out of our Monkeysphere and those outside make up 99.999% of the world’s … Continue reading

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null hypothesis nicely supported and other reasons to change your mind

Always good at asking questions the Edge has started the year by asking a whole bunch of sciencetists to think again. More specifically, to describe what they had changed their mind about (and why). Here’s Susan Blackmore: I decided, with … Continue reading

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It’s not exactly rocket science.

Let’s start the year with this colourful and gory video of someone undergoing brain surgery. the bit that gets me is how the exposed brain pulsates in gentle protest at the poking and prodding. It’s almost as if it is … Continue reading

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Sci Tat

Carl Zimmer is collecting science tattoos. So I sent him our Necker cubes. Bit miffed but not surprised that he chose the more photogenic of us to picture on his site. Meanwhile, i am thinking of a way to work … Continue reading

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Psycho? Social?

The last two emails in my inbox are very similar and yet very different. See if you can spot the difference between psychosocial studies and social cognitive neuroscience!! Subject: CBCD external seminar TOMORROW (TUESDAY) 1pm Date: 26 February 2007 17:58:50 … Continue reading

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it’s okay if god does it

Thinking Meat’s review of Dawkins’ The God Delusion pointed me to a great psychological study showing how the Bible doesn’t provide very good moral guidance. Dawkins reported on a study done about 40 years ago by Israeli psychologist George Tamarin … Continue reading

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Sapolsky on stress

Robert Sapolsky is a great science communicator. If you read any of the titles some of his scientific papers you might scratch your head about “Biphasic cytochrome c release after transient global ischemia and its inhibition by hypothermia.” But when … Continue reading

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the sweet smell of putrefaction

Oh, you skeptics and naysayers, you timorous, trembling deniers of controversy, you lovers of the status quo.. How you mocked my bold theories about the The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Zombies. You couldn’t accept my perhaps unpalatable conclusions about the zombie … Continue reading

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a losing run

Today’s best Eureka Alert headline Medical therapy for restless legs syndrome may trigger compulsive gambling [linky] But, crazily, it’s not as crazy as it sounds.. Restless legs syndrome is a sleep disorder that involves tickling, tingling sensations in the legs … Continue reading

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Autism speaking

I’d urge you watch this video of an autistic woman demonstrating her private language for interacting with the world and then ‘translating it’ into our language. She is very eloquent in both. You can support research into the understanding the … Continue reading

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spiders on drugs

when spiders are fed drugs they tend to build bizzare webs, the national film board of canada has some informative video footage [gvid]sHzdsFiBbFc[/gvid] the original images can be found here here, for example are the webs on spiders on caffeine … Continue reading

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the cognitive neuroscience of ghosts

You may have laughed at my cognitive neuropsychology of zombies. At least I hope you did because that was the main intention of it. But it seems that ghosts and hauntings are taken more seriously by psychologists. But I have … Continue reading

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