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  • January 21, 2011
  • 03:44 PM

Out With The Scientists, In With The Quacks (and religious zealots)

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

The Government announced this week the list... Read more »

Rolles S. (2010) An alternative to the war on drugs. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). PMID: 20627976  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 03:31 PM

Music and the Brain: Emotion

by Luc Duval in The Pedagogic Verses

As a preface to a post about 2011 research by many of the same scientists, this post discusses previous work on music and the emotion that led to the recently published dopamine study.... Read more »

  • January 21, 2011
  • 03:16 PM

Prairie Dog Communication

by Richard in A Replicated Typo 2.0


A recent NPR radio show covered the research of the biosemiotician Con Slobodchikoff of the Univeristy of Arizone on prairie dog calls. The piece is very public-orientated, but still might be worth listening to.
We’ve all (I hope) heard of the vervet monkeys, which have different alarm calls for different predators, such as for leopard (Panthera pardus), martial . . . → Read More: Prairie Dog Communication... Read more »

  • January 21, 2011
  • 03:00 PM

Antisocial Personality Disorder: Wittgenstein’s Beetle

by Stas Sajin in Raving Psychology

When I am in situations where there is lack of semantic clarity, where two or more speakers have a different set of “pictures” that describe one or a set of propositions, I am reminded of Wittgenstein. Science has specific operational definitions whose purpose it to get rid of lack of semantic clarity and achieve congruity in the perceived meaning of language signs between two or more individuals.... Read more »

Ogloff, J. (2006) Psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder conundrum. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40(6-7), 519-528. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1614.2006.01834.x  

Morten Hesse. (2010) What should be done with antisocial personality disorder in the new edition of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-V)?. BMC Medicine. info:/10.1186/1741-7015-8-66

  • January 21, 2011
  • 01:41 PM

Mind perception of others: opposing effects of having Autism/Psychosis

by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap

Image via Wikipedia It has been this blog’s thesis that autism and its milder form autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are diametrically opposed to psychosis and its milder form schizotypy.  In no area is this more apparent than in the perception or attribution of minds to others. It thus gave me immense pleasure to read thisRating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)... Read more »

Gray, K., Jenkins, A., Heberlein, A., & Wegner, D. (2010) Distortions of mind perception in psychopathology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(2), 477-479. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1015493108  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 11:12 AM

Low-dose Doxepin for Insomnia Treatment

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant drug with significant sedative effect recently studied for use as a hypnotic in the treatment of insomnia.  Doxepin has strong antagonistic effects on several neurotransmitter receptors including the histamine (one and two), serotonin (two), alpha one adrenergic and muscarinic acetylcholinergic receptors.Juliane Weber and colleagues recently reviewed clinical trial research related to doxepin and insomnia treatment.  For depression, doxepin typical........ Read more »

  • January 21, 2011
  • 11:07 AM

Cancer Versus the Immune System

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

Mice ... Read more »

Vesely MD, Kershaw MH, Schreiber RD, & Smyth MJ. (2010) Natural Innate and Adaptive Immunity to Cancer. Annual review of immunology. PMID: 21219185  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 10:55 AM

Florbetapir: Making AD A Costlier Affair

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

The FDA has conditionally approved the novel contrast agent, Florbetapir, to help in the diagnosis of amyloid beta plaque build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s (or, for that purpose, any damn dementia) patients. Now there are several reasons why … Continue reading →... Read more »

Wong, D., Rosenberg, P., Zhou, Y., Kumar, A., Raymont, V., Ravert, H., Dannals, R., Nandi, A., Brasic, J., Ye, W.... (2010) In Vivo Imaging of Amyloid Deposition in Alzheimer Disease Using the Radioligand 18F-AV-45 (Flobetapir F 18). Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 51(6), 913-920. DOI: 10.2967/jnumed.109.069088  

Clark, C., Schneider, J., Bedell, B., Beach, T., Bilker, W., Mintun, M., Pontecorvo, M., Hefti, F., Carpenter, A., Flitter, M.... (2011) Use of Florbetapir-PET for Imaging  -Amyloid Pathology. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 305(3), 275-283. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2010.2008  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 10:14 AM

Higher altitude increases suicide risk

by mercurialmind in Mercurialmind Matters

Higher altitude has been found to increase the risk of suicide and consequently the west with its higher altitudes carry an increased risk of suicide. Perry Renshaw of the University of Utah School of Medicine believes from his analysis that the risk increases by nearly one third at an altitude of 2,000m (6,500ft above sea level). Renshaw analyzed data from CDC and found that altitude is an independent risk factor for suicide. He believes "...this association may have arisen from the effect........ Read more »

Kim N, Mickelson JB, Brenner BE, Haws CA, Yurgelun-Todd DA, & Renshaw PF. (2011) Altitude, gun ownership, rural areas, and suicide. The American journal of psychiatry, 168(1), 49-54. PMID: 20843869  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 10:03 AM

Pterosaurs Were Born to Fly

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Just a few hours after yesterday’s post on dinosaur embryos went up, another major egg-based discovery was announced, in the journal Science. In October of 2009, paleontologists first described the flying reptile Darwinopterus, a pterosaur that lived in what is now China over 160 million years ago. Since then, multiple other specimens have been found, [...]... Read more »

Lu, J., Unwin, D., Deeming, D., Jin, X., Liu, Y., & Ji, Q. (2011) An Egg-Adult Association, Gender, and Reproduction in Pterosaurs. Science, 331(6015), 321-324. DOI: 10.1126/science.1197323  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 09:45 AM

Tears as a human female adaptation to limit rape

by Greg Laden in Greg Laden's Blog

This came up a while ago and I assumed the idea would die the usual quick and painless death, but the idea seems to be either so fascinating or so irritating to people (mainly in various blog comment sections) that it still twitches and still has a heartbeat, but only as a result of the repeated flogging it is getting.
Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...... Read more »

Gelstein, S., Yeshurun, Y., Rozenkrantz, L., Shushan, S., Frumin, I., Roth, Y., & Sobel, N. (2011) Human Tears Contain a Chemosignal. Science, 331(6014), 226-230. DOI: 10.1126/science.1198331  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 09:33 AM

Scientist In Residence: Danny Richter on Diatoms and X-ray Whosamagidgets

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

In a recent paper, de Jonge et al used x-ray fluorescence tomography to give us a new perspective on how diatoms put together those phenomenally intricate frustules of theirs. “X-ray whosamagidget” you say? My thoughts exactly. Let’s break it down. First: X-rays. High-energy waves that help doctors see our bones. Check. Second: fluorescence. Fluorescence is light . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence: Danny Richter on Diatoms and X-ray Whosamagidgets... Read more »

de Jonge, M., Holzner, C., Baines, S., Twining, B., Ignatyev, K., Diaz, J., Howard, D., Legnini, D., Miceli, A., McNulty, I.... (2010) Quantitative 3D elemental microtomography of Cyclotella meneghiniana at 400-nm resolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(36), 15676-15680. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1001469107  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 08:41 AM

Are we finally smart enough to learn from the gloomy octopus?

by Michele in Promega Connections

The octopus is a fascinating creature and probably the smartest invertebrate known. It has an extremely well developed visual system with high acuity, and although it cannot distinguish color, it can see polarized light. Scientists have proposed that octopuses communicate with each other by polarizing the light that reflects from their scales, creating a messaging [...]... Read more »

Pronk, R., Wilson, D., & Harcourt, R. (2010) Video playback demonstrates episodic personality in the gloomy octopus. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213(7), 1035-1041. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.040675  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 07:07 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Building Trust (but not) in Ten Easy Words

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

This is a pretty amazing yet simple and straightforward tool. We saw this idea at Neuromarketing blog in a post titled “Building Trust in Ten Easy Words” and went to find the original research to see the details so we could discuss it in the context of litigation advocacy. The Neuromarketing blog post counts out [...]

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  • January 21, 2011
  • 07:00 AM

Cartoon – Hormone Therapy and Dementia

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

I get to tolerate menopausal symptoms or become demented while on hormone replacement therapy. So, spare me your complaining about hair loss. A new study published in the Annals of Neurology finds that hormone therapy may be beneficial against dementia for women in midlife (mean age, 48.7 years), but an increased risk for those taking [...]... Read more »

  • January 21, 2011
  • 06:44 AM

CUDA: Lattice QCD on a Personal Computer

by Marco Frasca in The Gauge Connection

At the conference “The many faces of QCD” (see here, here and here) I have had the opportunity to talk with people doing lattice computations at large computer facilities. They said to me that this kind of acitivities imply the use of large computers, user queues (as these resources are generally shared) and months of [...]... Read more »

Nuno Cardoso, & Pedro Bicudo. (2010) Lattice SU(2) on GPU's. arxiv. arXiv: 1010.1486v1

Nuno Cardoso, & Pedro Bicudo. (2010) SU(2) Lattice QCD Simulations on Fermi GPUs. arxiv. arXiv: 1010.4834v1

  • January 21, 2011
  • 06:30 AM

An Amoeba Is More Fiscally Responsible than Most Americans

by Sharon Neufeldt in I Can Has Science?

A new study reveals that even – those squishy little single-celled organisms – know how to save up for a rainy day. Scientists at Rice University have discovered that some members of a like to save up food for when … Continue reading →... Read more »

Brock, D., Douglas, T., Queller, D., & Strassmann, J. (2011) Primitive agriculture in a social amoeba. Nature, 469(7330), 393-396. DOI: 10.1038/nature09668  

  • January 21, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Paucis Verbis card: Generalized Convulsive Status Epilepticus

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

How do you manage patients who present in status epilepticus, knowing that "time is CNS function"? The longer patients remain seizing, the greater their morbidity and mortality.Did you know that one study showed that 48% of their patients who presented in generalized convulsive status epilepticus (GCSE) had subtle persistent GCSE on EEG, despite no clinical evidence of overt seizure activity? That's scary.Do you send off a serum tricyclic toxicology screen for all your patients with GCSE? Becaus........ Read more »

  • January 21, 2011
  • 02:04 AM

Psycasm - Video Game Morality: Actions inside the box?

by Rift in Psycasm

The following video is horrendously graphic. It is not work safe. It is not, in my opinion, fit for anyone under 18. I personally question the motives and character of anyone who enjoys playing this particular scenario. Not because it's violent, but because I genuinly feel it's reprehensible.But hey, I'm not a gamer. The pretext - if you didn't pick it up - is that you must pos; (read more)

Source: Rift - Discipline: Psychology... Read more »

  • January 21, 2011
  • 12:48 AM

Friday Weird Science: The Magnificent Mammal Menage a Trois

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

…aka “The Thrilling Whale Threesome” …aka “Constant Coupling Clubs in Cetacean Coitus” …aka…I could keep going! Cause this is more than mammals. It’s WHALES, BABY!!! Whales GETTING IT ON. Strap yourselves in, cause we’re headed on a journey to the bay, complete with a bendable 8 foot penis. I do hope we’ve all had our [...]... Read more »

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