- Great interview of Judith Rich Harris by The Frontal Cortex's Jonah Lehrer. Harris was the textbook editor who put the psychology world in a tizzy in 1998 with the release of her book The Nurture Assumption, which challenged the standing belief that parents play a major role in the shaping of their children's personality. Wrong, said Harris, and she pointed out the flaws in a number of research studies to back her assertions. The book is now out in an expanded edition and is a definite must-read for psychology teachers.
- Jonah Lehrer also writes about what we can learn from how the brains of babies work. The article features psychologist Allison Gopnik who has a forthcoming book called The Philosophical Baby (with its own YouTube intro here).
- NPR's Robert Kulwich does a piece on how language shapes thinking.
- The Obama administration is using applied psychology to get people to want the "change [they] can believe in." Vaughan at Mind Hacks wonders where the skepticism is to this approach.
- Discover Magazine looks at The Big Similarities & Quirky Differences Between Our Left and Right Brains.
- Is sex addiction an excuse, not a disease?
- Nature looks at how the MRI is changing the way we view the brain.
- Has the APA been slow to act when its members have been involved in torture?
- Epilepsy not as a storm in the brain, but an anti-storm?
- New Scientist looks at choice blindness -- how do we know what we want?
- An awesome (but long, naturally) look by the New Yorker at how drugs like Adderall are being used off-label to help non-ADHD people do better than before.
- A lecture on the connection between the fMRI and the four humours (!).
Sunday, April 26, 2009
My bookmarks are bursting at the seams! Many of these great links come via the incredible Mind Hacks blog featuring Vaughan Bell-- be sure to check it out regularly. Here's a few articles to get your week started: