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Issue 16 - 2nd June 2001
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Volume I - Issue 16 - 2nd June 2001
News in Brain and Behavioural Sciences
A few of the items in the latest issue
NEWS AND VIEWS
Schizophrenia - Danish scientists want to produce schizophrenic pigs so they
can research how the illness affects humans.
Anthropology - Anthropologists usually don't find the skeletons of long-dead
toddlers when digging into ancient ground. But at Syria's Dederiyah Cave, they
did just that in 1993 and again in 1997.
Clinical neuropsychology - The brain contains infinite space. This is my area
of expertise, yet I feel the awe of ignorance, says Paul Broks.
PAPERS AND COMMENTARY
Neuroscience - Mark A. Mintun and colleagues have discovered that, unlike many
other animals, humans have a reserve of oxygen in the brain. This buffer allows
the brain to adapt to arduous situations without demanding a sharp increase in
blood flow. This finding challenges the previously accepted idea that blood
flow increases occur during tasks such as reading to raise oxygen levels in the
Birth order - A child's place in the family birth order may play a role in the
type of occupations that will interest him or her as an adult, new research
Language acquisition - A series of eight experiments with infants has provided
evidence that even at eight-and-a-half months, they seem sensitive to word
REVIEWS AND DISCUSSION
Fear - Harriet Stewart reviews Phobias: Fighting the Fear by Helen Saul and
Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear by Jan Bondeson.
Nutrition - To what kind of food are we genetically adapted? Isn't that the
major question when it comes to making decisions about what kind of food to
choose for your body?
Parenting - The first issue of Marc Bornstein's new journal, Parenting: Science
and Practice is now out. The journal should prove to be of interest to a wide
range of researchers and those more interested in applied issues related to
Sexuality - Did Starsky have a thing for Hutch? Was Kirk in love with Spock?
What if Bodie got it on with Doyle? These unlikely plots are standard in a cult
literary phenomenon known as 'slash literature': a genre of romance fiction
that pairs heterosexual characters from television and film in fantasy romantic
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