Welcome to the very special post-resurrection debut of Encephalon, the blog carnival for all things brainy! On the last Saturday of each month, we’ll be bringing you the best writing that the neuro-blogosphere has to offer on that enigmatic pile of delicious goo and the behaviors it drives. Let’s get down to it, shall we?
Scicurious takes us through a study that deals with a subject close to her heart – social rejection. Specifically, on how social rejection affects our physiology in a way that could make us sick.
From a collaborative undergraduate student blog (that I was relatively impressed with,) Mike Pennock showcases a study that attempts to explain how the brain parses some absolutely trippy stimuli (that is, a painting by Salvador Dali.)
The blog “The History of Psychology” lives up to its name with John Wayland’s retelling of the story of Otto Selz, an early and oft-overlooked figure in the history of psychology. I particularly like this blog, so make sure to click around and see some of his other stuff.
Over at BrainBlogger, Julnar Issa gives a run down of the relationship between chronic fatigue and personality – this one also has a long (and at times, very interesting) comment thread. At the same blog, Dario Dieguez talks about the principles of neuro-education. Is this, as a commenter said, overselling neuroscience, or is it a rational next step in developing educational techniques?
Janet Kwasniak covers a piece of research that examines how we represent shapes. It turns out that, with a bit of practice, we can turn sounds into a mental representation of a shape. And my mind is blown.
Well, I can’t deny a horde of zombies. The Neurocritic has had a thing for writing about sex this month, it seems. He brings us two (excellent) posts about sexual “pathologies”. First – what do the brains of women who don’t want to have sex look like? Second – what do the brains of men who are “addicted” to pornography look like? (Spoiler: we don’t actually know.) Be sure to check out the comment threads.
Finally, if that wasn’t enough for you, Sandeep Gautam at The Mouse Trap explains a study that claims that altruism could have evolved by sexual selection. It makes sense – we usually do like to have sex with people that, all other things equal, are nice.
That finishes it up! Next month’s edition will run over at A Blog Around the Clock, so get your submissions for next month to Bora. If you’d like to host an edition (everything after November is open,) leave me a comment, pm me on twitter (@Cephalover), or send me an email at mike(dot)lisieski(at)gmail(dot)com.
Man, everything’s funny when you say it like a B-movie zombie. Happy Halloween, everybody! Have fun and be safe.