Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week
Is It Time To Redraw the Map of the Brain?
Neuroskeptic reports on an important paper that questions the way the localisation of neural function is inferred from from the study of brain-damaged patients.
The Science of the Mind
This week’s edition of Start the Week on BBC Radio 4 was focused on whether neuroscience is changing our self-understanding.
No logic in King’s College job cuts
Dorothy Bishop with sharp criticism of the planned staff cuts at the Institute of Psychiatry.
“Sleep paralysis has tormented me since childhood,” writes Karen Emslie. “But now it’s my portal to out-of-body travel and lucid dreams.”
Hypnosis: The day my mind was ‘possessed’
David Robson subjects himself to hypnosis, to better understand how researchers are using the technique to simulate psychiatric disorders in healthy people (see also).
The Myth of the Strong Leader
Richard Reeves reviews the new book by Archie Brown.
Overprescribing antidepressants: where’s the evidence?
Margaret McCartney wonders if the media has overblown this story.
The Trauma of Parenthood
“… among new parents — three to six months postpartum — 42 percent of mothers and 26 percent of fathers exhibit signs of clinical depression.”
Who Won the World Cup of Arm-Folding?
And finally … an amusing analysis of the body language of the world’s best footballers.