November 15, 2010

A Drug That Dulls Painful Memories?
Karim Nader at McGill University explains that after the propranolol treatment, the actual memory of the event remains intact, but the medication has helped prevent the emotional and physical response. (Angela Mulholland, News)

Sharing With Only Your 50 Closest Friends
Dave Morin, formerly an executive at Facebook and Apple , and Shawn Fanning, co-founder of Napster, are betting that people crave more private interaction with a much smaller social circle: Path lets each user designate only 50 friends. Morin estimates that, based on evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar’s research, 50 is “roughly the outer boundary of our personal networks.” (Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times)

The Virtues and Vices of the Dalai Lama
After 60 years as a human bridge between East and West, do his virtues outweigh his shortcomings? (John Walsh, The Independent)

Looking at Four Psychology Trends
Now and then, a new psychology movement bursts onto the popular scene and shakes up the mental health establishment. Typically these efforts tickle the fringe of accepted science, buoyed by celebrities and alternative therapy enthusiasts—which is to say, they often settle in California. Some, like est or primal therapy, traffic in mental transformation. Others, like Transcendental Meditation, whisper of ancient wisdom. Still others, like lucid dreaming, have echoes of science fiction. (Eric Jaffe, Los Angeles Times)

San Francisco Could Vote on Making Circumcision a Misdemeanor
San Francisco residents could get a chance to vote on banning Jewish ritual circumcision if a proposed measure gets on next November’s ballot. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

British Prime Minister David Cameron Wants to Know What Makes His Nation Happy
He is sticking to a policy commitment he made before the economic crash when growth figures were still rosy. He said: “It’s time we admitted that there’s more to life than money and it’s time we focused not just on GDP but on GWB—general well-being.” (Allegra Stratton,

Category: Field Notes


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