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  • January 31, 2012
  • 10:30 PM
  • 1,289 views

Human speech reconstructed from brain waves [video]

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

For the first time, scientists have reconstructed human speech from an ECoG signal.... Read more »

Pasley, B. David, S. Mesgarani, N. Flinker, A. Shamma, S. Crone, N. Knight, R. Chang, E. (2012) Reconstructing Speech from Human Auditory Cortex. PLoS Biology. DOI: info:/http://www.plosbiology.org/article/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001251  

  • January 27, 2012
  • 10:10 AM
  • 1,350 views

Oxford University Censor First Broadcast of Lecture That Resulted in Censuring of Prof. Nutt, Former UK Government Drugs Advisor

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Watch the full video of the lecture and uncover what was in the slides censored for "copyright reasons"... Read more »

Nutt, D. (2009) Estimating drug harms: a risky business?. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. info:/

Halpern JH, Sherwood AR, Hudson JI, Gruber S, Kozin D, & Pope HG Jr. (2011) Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106(4), 777-86. PMID: 21205042  

Carhart-Harris, R., Erritzoe, D., Williams, T., Stone, J., Reed, L., Colasanti, A., Tyacke, R., Leech, R., Malizia, A., Murphy, K.... (2012) Neural correlates of the psychedelic state as determined by fMRI studies with psilocybin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1119598109  

Editorial team. (2010) The EMCDDA annual report 2010: the state of the drugs problem in Europe. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, also published in Euro surveillance :European communicable disease bulletin, 15(46). PMID: 21144426  

  • January 26, 2012
  • 01:14 PM
  • 1,330 views

NOT "Killed by Cannabis"

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A quick factual decomposition of the assertion that cannabis is lethal, made by the Daily Mail in response to Richard Branson's evidence at the Select Committee on drugs.... Read more »

  • January 16, 2012
  • 09:51 AM
  • 1,646 views

Is this journal for real?

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

This year 134 suspect new journals have appeared from the abyss, all published by the same clandestine company “Scientific & Academic Publishing, USA“. Scientists have been quick to raise the alarm and ruthless in their response.... Read more »

Morrison, Heather. (2012) Scholarly Communication in Crisis. Freedom for scholarship in the internet age. Simon Fraser University School of Communication. info:/

  • January 14, 2012
  • 10:42 PM
  • 1,640 views

When Satire Becomes Reality

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

On Friday political satirist Stephen Colbert entered the U.S. presidential race. A significant proportion of Conservatives in fact fail to understand satire and instead believe Colbert to be a Conservative commentator opposed to liberal thought.... Read more »

RAMSAY, C., KULL, S., LEWIS, E., & SUBIA, S. (2010) Misinformation and the 2010 Election. Published online at WORLDPUBLICOPINION.ORG by University of Maryland. info:/

  • January 12, 2012
  • 12:24 PM
  • 1,124 views

Catch an "astrotweeter" with "Truthy"

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A research group at the University of Indiana has developed a program called Truthy that allows anyone to track cases of "astroturfing" on twitter. Any search term can be entered into Truthy and the program will scan the Twitter API and build a model of how the search term originated. ... Read more »

Ratkiewicz,J. Conover,M. Meiss,M. Gonçalves,B. Patil,S. Flammini,A. Menczer, F. (2011) Truthy: Mapping the Spread of Astroturf in Microblog Streams. World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2). . info:/

  • January 9, 2012
  • 12:43 PM
  • 1,270 views

Nus, Sex, Breast Cancer and... [NSFW]

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

An irreverent look at a paper published in "The Breast Journal" with 15 references, all about sex, not cancer.... Read more »

  • January 2, 2012
  • 07:37 AM
  • 1,072 views

2011: The Year in Drugs Deaths and data fraud

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A round-up of this year’s drugs news along with the latest available statistical data which shows that helium killed more than ecstasy, cannabis, mephedrone and GHB combined.... Read more »

Measham,F. Moore, K. Østergaard, J. (2011) Mephedrone, ‘‘Bubble’’ and unidentified white powders: the contested identities of synthetic ‘‘legal highs". DRUGS AND ALCOHOL TODAY, 137-146. info:/

Editorial team. (2010) The EMCDDA annual report 2010: the state of the drugs problem in Europe. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, also published in Euro surveillance :European communicable disease bulletin, 15(46). PMID: 21144426  

  • January 1, 2012
  • 09:41 AM
  • 1,238 views

Copyright vs Medicine: If this topic isn’t covered in your newspaper this weekend, get a new newspaper

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, after thirty years of silence, authors of a standard clinical psychiatric bedside test have issued take down orders of new medical research.... Read more »

Newman, J., & Feldman, R. (2011) Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside. New England Journal of Medicine, 365(26), 2447-2449. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1110652  

  • December 25, 2011
  • 10:44 PM
  • 1,041 views

The Word "Love" can result in a doubling in the number of charitable donations

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A cheeky look at a new finding... Read more »

  • December 16, 2011
  • 09:47 PM
  • 4,852 views

Daily Mail misunderstand and misconstrue cannabis-schizophrenia research

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A study in to how the tabloids can misrepresent academic research.... Read more »

Kucewicz MT, Tricklebank MD, Bogacz R, & Jones MW. (2011) Dysfunctional prefrontal cortical network activity and interactions following cannabinoid receptor activation. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 31(43), 15560-8. PMID: 22031901  

  • November 22, 2011
  • 04:35 PM
  • 1,642 views

Pepper spray and cocaine, a little known lethal combination

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Capsaicin, the active chemical in "pepper spray" appears to be lethal to individuals under the influence of certain stimulants with the majority of deaths reported occuring within one hour.... Read more »

Mendelson, J., Tolliver, B., Delucchi, K., Baggott, M., Flower, K., Harris, C., Galloway, G., & Berger, P. (2009) Capsaicin, an active ingredient in pepper sprays, increases the lethality of cocaine. Forensic Toxicology, 28(1), 33-37. DOI: 10.1007/s11419-009-0079-9  

  • November 14, 2011
  • 05:20 AM
  • 1,348 views

Can you spot the fake brain computer interface?

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A team of bogus developers are applying for crowd funding for a project that does not exist. Can you spot the flaws?... Read more »

Damian Cruse, Srivas Chennu, Camille Chatelle, Tristan A Bekinschtein, Davinia Fernández-Espejo, John D Pickard, Steven Laureys, Adrian M Owen. (2011) Bedside detection of awareness in the vegetative state: a cohort study. The Lancet. info:/10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61224-5

  • November 10, 2011
  • 01:41 PM
  • 1,531 views

Fantastic free new academic search tool for tracking down -ve findings

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Does what it says on the tin.... Read more »

  • November 1, 2011
  • 04:49 AM
  • 2,281 views

Trip or Treat?

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Experience a hallucination without psychedelics... Read more »

Caputo GB. (2010) Strange-face-in-the-mirror illusion. Perception, 39(7), 1007-8. PMID: 20842976  

  • October 3, 2011
  • 12:20 PM
  • 743 views

Catch an "Astrotweeter" with Truthy

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A research group at the University of Indiana has developed a program called Truthy that allows anyone to track cases of “astrotweeting”. Any search term can be entered into Truthy and the program will scan the Twitter API and build a model of how the search term originated. ... Read more »

Ratkiewicz,J. Conover,M. Meiss,M. Gonçalves,B. Patil,S. Flammini,A. Menczer, F. (2011) Truthy: Mapping the Spread of Astroturf in Microblog Streams. World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2). . info:/

  • October 3, 2011
  • 07:20 AM
  • 1,663 views

Scientists successfully reconstruct the mind’s eye for the first time as a video output

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

fMRI used to create a video output based on a dictionary created by showing participants 7200s of random colour video.... Read more »

  • July 4, 2011
  • 10:17 AM
  • 1,798 views

Remote Controlled Rats

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

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Wentz CT, Bernstein JG, Monahan P, Guerra A, Rodriguez A, & Boyden ES. (2011) A wirelessly powered and controlled device for optical neural control of freely-behaving animals. Journal of neural engineering, 8(4), 46021. PMID: 21701058  

  • June 2, 2011
  • 09:27 PM
  • 1,982 views

The Confederacy of Dunces: The House of Cards is Falling

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

REPORT OF THEGLOBAL COMMISSIONON DRUG POLICY finds drug war has failed.... Read more »

Jahangir, A. Fuentes, C. Gaviria, C. Zedillo, E.Cardoso, F. Papandreou, G. Shultz, G. Solana, J. Whitehead, J. Annan, K. Arbour, L. Cattaui, M. Llosa, M. Caspers-Merk,M. Kazatchkine,M. Volcker, P. Branson, R. Dreifuss, R. Stoltenberg, T. (2011) WAR ON DRUGS. REPORT OF THE GLOBAL COMMISSION ON DRUG POLICY, 1-22. info:/

  • May 30, 2011
  • 07:09 PM
  • 2,109 views

Study Demonstrates False Memories Implanted Via Advertising

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A study builds false memories of experience tasting popcorn using advertising. Methodology, questionable.... Read more »

Rajagopal, Priyali and Montgomery, Nicole Votolato,. (2011) I Imagine I Experience, I Like: The False Experience Effect . The Journal of Consumer Research. info:/

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