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Neuroscientists brainstorm goals for US brain-mapping initiative : Nature News Blog

A two-day meeting in Virginia kicks off the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative (i.e., the Brain Activity Map Project): Neuroscientists brainstorm goals for US brain-mapping initiative : Nature News Blog.

2013 Cross-Cultural Psychology Conference @UCLA (20–22 June)

OPEN FOR REGISTRATION! Link to IACCP LA 2013 Conference. INVITED PLENARY SYMPOSIA Cultural Neuroscience Jonathan Freeman, Dartmouth College Shihui Han, Peking University Eva Telzer, University of Illinois Cultural Evolution Patricia Greenfield, University of California, Los Angeles Alex Mesoudi, Durham University Peter Richerson, University of California, Davis  

Independent Review Of Social And Population Variation In Mental Health Could Improve Diagnosis In DSM Revisions

Independent Review Of Social And Population Variation In Mental Health Could Improve Diagnosis In DSM Revisions.

Functional Connectivity and Autism

Here’s a link to an MNT writeup of Case Western Reserve & U of T research using magnetoencephalography (MEG) to study connectivity between brain regions in autism : Brain Activity Distinguishes An Autistic Brain From A Non-Autistic Brain. L. García Domínguez, J. L. Pérez Velázquez and R. F. Galán (2013) A Model of Functional Brain Connectivity and Background […]

Power failure: Why small sample size undermines the reliability of neuroscience (NatRevNeurosci)

Analysis Nature Reviews Neuroscience, advance online publication, Published online 10 April 2013| doi:10.1038/nrn3475 Power failure: why small sample size undermines the reliability of neuroscience Katherine S. Button1,2, John P. A. Ioannidis3, Claire Mokrysz1, Brian A. Nosek4, Jonathan Flint5, Emma S. J. Robinson6 & Marcus R. Munafò1  About the authors Link to full paper. Abstract A study with low […]

Brain, Consciousness, Experience (AAA panel, November 2013)

Invited Panel Organized by Bryan Rill (Florida State University) American Anthropological Association 112th Annual Meeting Chicago, IL November 20-24th, 2013 Chair: Greg Downey (Macquarie University, AUS) Discussant: Andreas Roepstorff (Aarhus University, Denmark) Summary of Participants: Christopher Lynn (University of Alabama) Defraying the Costs of “Analysis Paralysis”: A Neuroanthropological Model of Dissociation, Deafferentation, and Trance. Diane […]

Cultural Neuroscience: Progress & Promise Special Issue (Psychological Inquiry)

This special issues features a commentary by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, co-PI with Steve López on a CBDMH pilot project. Link and full TOC: Taylor & Francis Online :: Psychological Inquiry: An International Journal for the Advancement of Psychological Theory – Volume 24, Issue 1. Content    Cultural Neuroscience: Progress and Promise Joan Y. Chiao, Bobby […]

EHP – Ambient Air Pollution and Autism in Los Angeles County, California

FPR board member Beate Ritz, who is chair of the department of epidemiology at UCLA, and colleagues have published a new study suggesting an association between prenatal air pollution exposure and autism (See current issue of Environmental Health Perspectives).  

“Wiring the Brain” (July 18–22, 2013) Cold Spring Harbor

This is a great lineup of speakers and a terrific selection of topics for those interested in the latest neuroscience.   Wiring the Brain July 18 – 22, 2013 Abstract Deadline: May 3, 2013 Organizers: Catalina Betancur, INSERM, Paris, France Ed Bullmore, Cambridge University, UK Z. Josh Huang, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Helen Mayberg, Emory University Kevin Mitchell, Trinity College […]

Former FPR-CBD Grad Student/Cultural Neuroscientist Liz Losin joins PLOS Neuroanthropology!

We are very pleased to announce that cultural neuroscientist Liz Losin, a former graduate student in the FPR-UCLA Culture, Brain, and Development program and now a postdoc in Tor Wager’s neuroimaging  lab at the University of Colorado, has joined PLOS Neuroanthropology as a blogger! Liz will be writing about recent advances in the field. You […]

“The Four Kingdom’s of Autism” (NIMH – Director’s Blog)

Here’s a link Director Thomas Insel’s latest post on autism: NIMH » Director’s Blog.

Haunted by trauma, tsunami survivors in Japan turn to exorcists (Reuters)

The following was posted by medical anthropologist Sadeq Rahimi (University of Saskatchewan) on McGill’s Division of Transcultural Psychiatry listserv. Source: Reuters Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_haunted-by-trauma-tsunami-survivors-in-japan-turn-to-exorcists_1807563 The tsunami that engulfed northeastern Japan two years ago has left some survivors believing they are seeing ghosts. In a society wary of admitting to mental problems, many […]

LA Film Screening (March 26, 2013): “Standing on the Edge of a Thorn” w/ Q&A with Robert Lemelson, Alessandra Pasquino, & Ima Matul

“Standing on the Edge of a Thorn” Film Screening Followed by Q & A and Reception Women in Film International Committee / Cast LA / Elemental Productions Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM Culver City, CA   Time Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Screening starts at 7:30 p.m. RSVP By 12 p.m, Tues., March 26. Photo […]

Molecular Psychiatry – Abstract of article: A neurogenetics approach to understanding individual differences in brain, behavior, and risk for psychopathology

Neurogenetics research has begun to advance our understanding of how genetic variation gives rise to individual differences in brain function, which, in turn, shapes behavior and risk for psychopathology. Despite these advancements, neurogenetics research is currently confronted by three major challenges: (1) conducting research on individual variables with small effects, (2) absence of detailed mechanisms, […]

Neuron – Rare Inherited Variation in Autism: Beginning to See the Forest and a Few Trees

Link to an overview in Jan 2013 Neuron by UCLA researchers Jason Stein, Neelroop Parikshak, and Daniel Geschwind of the Geschwind Lab: ScienceDirect.com – Neuron – Rare Inherited Variation in Autism: Beginning to See the Forest and a Few Trees.

Neuron – The Future of Memory: Remembering, Imagining, and the Brain

Here’s a link to a recent (11/2012) paper in Neuron co-authored by Nathan Spreng, a recent special guest lecturer at CBDMH: ScienceDirect.com – Neuron – The Future of Memory: Remembering, Imagining, and the Brain. Abstract: During the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in research examining the role of memory in imagination […]

AAAS: Mapping the brain – Only connect | The Economist

Are psychiatric disorders, which leave no visible trace in the brain, caused by connectopathies? The American Association for the Advancement of Science: mapping the brain: Only connect | The Economist.

Madness or sadness? Local concepts of mental illness in four conflict-affected African communities (Abstract)

http://www.conflictandhealth.com/content/7/1/3/abstract Madness or sadness? Local concepts of mental illness in four conflict-affected African communities Peter Ventevogel, Mark Jordans, Ria Reis and Joop de Jong For all author emails, please log on. Conflict and Health 2013, 7:3 doi:10.1186/1752-1505-7-3 Published: 18 February 2013 Abstract (provisional) Background Concepts of ‘what constitutes mental illness’, the presumed aetiology and preferred treatment options, vary considerably from one cultural context […]

How virtual science communities are transforming academic research | Elsevier Connect

How virtual science communities are transforming academic research | Elsevier Connect.

Nature Neuroscience: Focus on Memory

This special focus includes reviews by Daniel Schacter & Elizabeth Loftus (memory and law) and Ryan Parsons & Kerry Ressler (ptsd and fear disorders): Editorial Focus on Memory Focus on Memory– pp111 doi:10.1038/nn0213-111 Full TextFocus on Memory | PDF– Focus on Memory topof page Commentary Focus on Memory Memory and law: what can cognitive neuroscience contribute?– pp119–123 Daniel Schacter […]

Cornelia Bargmann, Judith Rapoport on Charlie Rose Brain Series 2: Schizophrenia

The show includes Danny Hurley, who shares his first-person experiences with the disorder (link to video).

BBC News – Mind Mapping: Inside the Brain’s Wiring (Human Connectome Project)

We believe that these images [of fiber pathways] will be a rich source of biomarkers for diagnosis and management of mental health issues – Van Wedeen, MD, Human Connectome Project   BBC’s Pallab Ghosh interviewed Van Wedeen of Massachusetts General Hospital about Ghosh’s own 3-D diffusion spectrum MRI in  BBC News – Mind mapping: Inside the brains (via […]

Child Development and Molecular Genetics: 14 Years Later – Plomin – 2012 – Child Development – Wiley Online Library

Fourteen years ago, the first article on molecular genetics was published in this journal: Child Development, Molecular Genetics, and What to Do With Genes Once They Are Found (R. Plomin & M. Rutter, 1998). The goal of the article was to outline what developmentalists can do with genes once they are found. These new directions for developmental research are still […]

Psychiatry | No New Meds | via Science News

Psychiatry seemed poised on the edge of a breakthrough. In early 2011, after decades of no radically new drugs, a fundamentally different schizophrenia treatment promised relief from the psychotic hallucinations and delusions plaguing people with the disease. The new compound, devised by chemists at Eli Lilly and Co., hit a target in the brain that […]

TLS Review of Oliver Sacks’s Hallucinations

It is evident that [hallucinations] involve a top-down shaping – and sense-making – activity of the mind, which eludes the kinds of understanding available to currently fashionable reductionist accounts of the conscious mind as identical with neural activity, seen ultimately as the effects in a material brain wired into its environment of causative material events […]

Frontiers | Embodied Cognition is Not What you Think it is | Frontiers in Cognitive Science

Frontiers | Embodied Cognition is Not What you Think it is | Frontiers in Cognitive Science.

Border Children: Interpreting Autism Spectrum Disorder in South Korea Grinker 2013 Ethos Wiley Online Library

Border Children: Interpreting Autism Spectrum Disorder in South Korea Grinker 2013 Ethos Wiley Online Library.

The Culture of Mental Health in a Changing Oaxaca [dissertation]

Whitney L. Duncan, PhD (link to updated contact info at University of Northern Colorado) Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology University of California, San Diego, 2012 Professor Janis H. Jenkins, Chair Abstract: This dissertation examines the causes and consequences of the recent growth in Euroamerican mental health practice in Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s poorest and most […]