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Neuropsy

The Criminal Brain

By Tim Hannan

Antisocial behaviour after brain injury is associated with lesions to a single neural network.

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Seeing Is Believing

By Tim Hannan

Illusory pattern perception is associated with a belief in conspiracy theories.

The Mystery of Agatha’s Amnesia

By Tim Hannan

A popular fictional theme, psychogenic amnesia is a possible consequence of stress or trauma.

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Watching the Detective

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By Tim Hannan

Studies of neural activity in viewers of Sherlock reveal how we connect story elements.

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Wired for Sound?

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Credit: Scott Griessel/Adobe

By Tim Hannan

A new study proposes a biological cause for misophonia – the pathological hatred of sounds.

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Every Day I Hear the Book

By Tim Hannan

Some readers “hear” characters speaking to them, even when the book is finished.

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Personality Influenced by Brain Structure

By Tim Hannan

Individual differences in personality have been associated with structural variation in the cortex.

The Man Who Mistook His Cat for a Spy

By Tim Hannan

A new report describes a variant of Capgras syndrome in which a patient believed that his cat had been stolen by the FBI and replaced by an imposter that was spying on him.

Capgras syndrome is an uncommon but distressing condition in which the sufferer expresses the bizarre belief that a person known to them has been replaced by a near-perfect duplicate. Named after the French psychiatrist who provided the first description in 1923, Capgras is one of a range of delusional syndromes in which a person believes that a person, place or object has disappeared and been replaced by a duplicate, such as an alien, robot or meticulously constructed building.

Send in the Creepy Clowns

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Credit: moccabunny/Adobe

By Tim Hannan

Fear of clowns may result from an evolutionary adaptive “creepiness detector”.

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How Strong Is the Evidence for Brain Training Programs?

By Tim Hannan

The quality of research supporting brain training programs has been questioned.

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