Neuroanthropology Round Up


From this excellent weekly round up I especially liked:
Do countries with more mental illness have more suicides? From Neuroskeptic

Although not all suicides are related to mental illness, unsurprisingly people with mental illness do have a much higher suicide rate than people without. So, all other things being equal, the rate of mental illness in a country should correlate with the suicide rate. Of course, all other things are not equal, and other factors might come into play such as the quality of mental health services.

Mapping the Glutamate Receptor
Want to know what it’s all about the glutamate receptor? Should be interesting not only to neuroscientists.

How creativity springs from a choreographed set of mental events from Seedmagazine

Kooper didn’t have time to think — the chorus was about to happen — and so he just started banging on the ivory keys. This same impromptu process defines some of the most famous creations of modern art, from John Coltrane letting loose on “A Love Supreme,” to Jackson Pollock dripping paint haphazardly on a canvas. These are works made entirely in the moment — their beauty is spontaneous.

Tumblr in the class room from Middle Savagery.
I started with tumblr years ago, a very quick and nice blogging tool, easy to use. Read about it’s use in education, very interesting.

In any case, I could recommend using tumblr for both smaller seminar settings, and for larger classes when there is a TA available to follow the discussion with links to examples and salient points. We are not quite to full immersion–live blogging a lecture so that a powerpoint isn’t necessary, but we’re getting closer.

Uphill. Both ways. In the snow. It’s good for the brain from Playthink, Exercising the mind and the body
How walking or bicycling to school can improve the brain of kids.

Walking to school, then, doesn’t seem like such a bad idea—it may help to strengthen students’ bodies and prime their brains for learning.

But there are many more interesting posts gathered on this excellent weekly round up, so see for yourself at Neuroanthropology