Monday, July 21, 2008

Encephalon 50th edition now up: next one to be hosted here!

The 50th edition of the blog carnival Encephalon has been ably hosted by the SharpBrains blog.

It contains many gems and my favorites include a study of fearful and disgustful facial expressions that surmises how they may have evolved to enhance and reduce sensory stimulation respectively. Another article reports on the cutting edge of using deep TMS , in a matter akin to DBS, but without the associated invasive complexities and proceduers, to treat a variety of diseases from schizophrenia to obesity.

Another article that caught my fancy commented on how a latest paper wrongly attributed categorization processess in a monkey experiment where none might have been involved. There are many more such articles, so go ahead and indulge yourself.

The next edition of Encephalon, will be hosted by yours truly, right here at The Mouse Trap blog. It would be hosted on August 4th, so do send in your entries to in time for the same.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Suicide Prevention: steps to keep the impulse in check!

New York Times has a very interesting and well-written piece on the 'how' or mechanisms of suicide consummation and how simple steps like reducing access to guns, or erecting barriers on bridges which are at a height, or even simple things like not packing tablets in bottles , but in pouches, so that it takes time to remove the pills form their containers before an overdose can be taken; can lead to big reduction in suicide rates as the few extra efforts or time needed to commit the act, is often enough to dissuade people from acting on their impulse.

It is a very nice post and is a must reading for everyone, especially mental-health workers and those involved in making public policies as it dispels the myth that those hell-bent on taking their lives will go to any length to do so and will find alternative mechanisms if one mechanism is made costly.

Thanks to Mind Hacks for bringing this to my attention!

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A new Paranoia quiz

As regular readers of this blog would have noted, I had promised to use the left hand menu quite frequently and post some quiz questions there. for quite some time, the left hand menu contained a Schizophrenia quiz. I have replaced it with a paranoia quiz. In case you are reading from a feed reader , do go to The Mouse Trap blog and take the quiz.

Supporting material can be obtained from this Freeman and Garety article on how to use CBT in paranoia.

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