Wednesday Round Up #5

Food, Drink and Exercise 

Eric Asimov, Can Sips at Home Prevent Binges?
Good discussion of families, teenagers and learning to drink responsibly at home

Nicholas Bakalar, Skipping Cereal and Eggs, and Packing on the Pounds
Breakfast helps keep most adolescents thin (or perhaps less hefty…?)

Ginger Campbell/John Ratey, Exercise and the Brain
Podcast discussion of Ratey’s book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, and how exercise helps the brain

UPenn Press Release, Images of Desire: Food and Drug Cravings….
Cravings, habits and memories…

UFlorida Press Release, Imaging Disorders of Desire: Opiates, Brownies, Sex and Cocaine
Interview with Anna Rose Childress


Adam Geller, Where Should Conversation on Race Start?
In our mixed reactions to Obama’s speech, and much more

Eduardo Porter, Race and the Social Contract
Diversity and investment in public infrastructure

Mireya Navarro, Who Are We? New Dialogue on Mixed Race
Navigating the tight space between racial divides


Sue Sheridan, Random Bytes
Sue has her own round-up, including make-up wearing Neanderthals and the evolution of complexity

Nicholas Kristof, With A Few More Brains…
The dumbing-down of US public discourse

Stuart Elliott, Is the Ad a Success? The Brain Waves Tell All
An update on neuro-advertising, with a reductionist flavor…

Rick Julian, Brands on the Brain: The Neurobiology of Memory and Experience
Some great photos and musings about brands and experience.

Malcolm Ritter, Sweeps of Human DNA Yield Discoveries
Good, though basic, overview of the rapid advance in genome-wide association studies

BBC News, ‘Brain Breaks’ Reduce Stress
Video: It’s okay to blog and surf at work in little breaks to max productivity… Based on research by Duncan Smith

Sarah Kershaw, Insure Me Please: The Murky Politics of Mind-Body
Mental illness gets the short end of the insurance stick, and why

Dave Winer, Interview with George Lakoff
MP3 podcast interview with the cognitive linguist, covering language, politics and more

David Eagleman, 10 Unsolved Mysteries of the Brain
Info storage, memory retrieval and more…

Tom at Mind Hacks, Rock Climbing Hacks! (Now With Added Speculation)
Vision, climbing, affordances and the puzzle of a rock wall

Vaughan at Mind Hacks, Impact of Digital Media Review Hits the Wires!
Dr. Tanya Byron and a nuanced take on children’s interactions with the internet, video games, and the such…

American College of Neurpsychopharmacology, Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress
A good online resource with downloadable chapters on different neurotransmitters, neuropeptides and the like by leading researchers.  Published in 2002, so not quite current…

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