Welcome to our Memorial Day
picnic … I mean, blog carnival! I guess I’ve just got food on the mind. In any case, the neuro- and psycho-blogosphere has been serving up delicious treats for you all month. Try a bite of some of these, and let me know how they suit you:
Ariel casts out Caliban – Eric Michael Johnson takes a look at the history of anthropological ideas surrounding human aggression, exploring the hypothesis that humans are special because we love to kill; we “naturally [enjoy] the destruction of other creatures.”
Hegarty on the Rorschach & Sexuality – Over at Advances in the History of Psychology, Jacy Young comments on a video by Dr. Peter Hegarty discussing the use of Rorschach test during what a “dark time in the history of psychology” – the period when clinical psychologists regarded homosexuality as a disorder (officially, this lasted until 1975, when the American Psychological Association declared that they did not consider homosexuality a disease anymore.)
Supertouch – Zen Faulkes discusses research exploring the truth of something we all thought we knew – when somebody loses one sense, do their other senses become more sensitive to compensate for it? Read on and find out!
Dodging the one-sided approach to neuromarketing – Thomas Ramsøy takes on the negativity that faces neuromarketing (the use of neurological tests and information to design and implement marketing) in popular discussion, pointing out the positive side of the field – especially its applications to research on the brain.
When the Microscope Goes Digital – Khalil Cassimally runs down the history of microscopy, an important tool for understanding the brain, and explains why traditional microscopy is pretty much dead as well as what killed it.
Knowing spontaneity when you hear it – Janet Kwasniak explores how we can tell whether somebody is reading or if they are coming up with speech spontaneously – something we all do that psychologists are trying to understand.
Thanks for reading! Next month’s edition will be hosted over at Cognoculture, so don’t forget to send your submissions to Taylor Burns at cognoculture (at) gmail (dot) com, or on twitter @teaburns .