Here is the latest roundup of interesting articles and blog posts:
- New Scientist has a brief article entitled "Free Will is not an Illusion After All," which discusses a recent study by Judy Trevena and Jeff Miller which purportedly puts pressure on Libet's infamous studies on conscious volition (or the lack thereof).
- The Observer has a nice piece by Margaret Talbot on neuroenhancement entitled "Can a Daily Pill Boost Your Brain Power?"
- WIRED has published a string of recent articles on fMRI, lie detection, and memory--see here, here, and here.
- Machines Like Us has a nice post on the biological and neural substrates of violence and aggression entitled "What Shapes Antisocial Behavior?"
- Psychiatric News has a brief overview of some exciting new findings by Koya et al.(2009) which suggest that it is possible to dampen cocaine cravings by disrupting specific neurons in the nucleus accumbens.
- Finally, Talking Brains has a concise post about recent work by Raizada and Poldrack (2007) on the localization problem and normalizing fMRI data.