Brain and Cognition

Reduced P2X receptor levels are associated with antidepressant effect in the learned helplessness model
Cristina Nogueira –– The modulation of purinergic receptor is associated to the antidepressant-like behavior in rats subjected to previous exposure to stress, a major risk factor for depression in humans.
Threshold-like associations as a function of disturbance
Stephen Macknik –– revs and AE agree this is impactful
Effect of birdsongs and traffic noise on pedestrian walking speed during different seasons
Luca Tommasi –– The article is a nice empirical addition to the field of cross-modal interactions in the specific field of environmental psychology, in which the congruency between auditory and visual scenery were manipulated, and the dependent variable, speed of walking, acted as a behavioural proxy to measure the match/mismatch between the environmental sensory inputs. The results can be useful for all of those interested in the psychology and behavioural science of environmental and urban experience, in the professionals interested in psychological modulations of sport, exercise and fitness issues, especially as related to the environmental factor.
The association of depression with lower urinary tract symptoms: data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2008
Ferdinand Frauscher –– Lower urinary tract symptoms are very common. and its well know that this may cause psychological problems. Therefore improving these problems is very important!!
Endogenous testosterone correlates with parochial altruism in relation to costly punishment in different social settings
Stephen Macknik –– A new link between hormone levels and decision-making is an important find
Prevalence of near-death experiences in people with and without REM sleep intrusion
Stephen Macknik –– Near-death experiences evoke strong implications in society. This work may help to ground the experience in natural events.
Paranoia and conspiracy: group cohesion increases harmful intent attribution in the Trust Game
Stephen Macknik –– Principled and quantified studies of behavior in paranoics are rare and important.
Increasing perceived hand size improves motor performance in individuals with stroke: a home-based training study
Stephen Macknik –– This method has potentially far reaching impact in rehabilitation
Different neurocognitive patterns of conflict control in Tibetans living above and below 4,000 m
Stephen Macknik –– Really interesting study on the effects at living at high altitudes
A functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of the autonomous sensory meridian response
Stephen Macknik –– ASMR is a hot topic
Brain and Cognition

Section discussions

Methylene blue inhibits nucleation and elongation of SOD1 amyloid fibrils @thePeerJ

Our validation of @emotiv's EPOC Flex: a 32-channel research-ready EEG system in @thePeerJ #Neuroscience #PsychiatryandPsychology @genxmac @williamsnikolas Bianca de Wit & George Ibrahim @MQCogSci @UWApsych

Anatomy and clinical relevance of sub occipital soft tissue connections with the dura mater in the upper cervical spine @thePeerJ

New paper out. Val66Met polymorphism increases segregation of structural correlation networks in healthy adult brains.

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ #Anthropology #Biodiversity #Ecology #PlantScience #NaturalResourceManagement

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ. "Semantic priming and schizotypal personality: reassessing the link between thought disorder and enhanced spreading of semantic activation" #CognitiveDisorders #PsychiatryandPsychology

Altered gut microbiota associated with symptom severity in schizophrenia @thePeerJ

How “dirty” is the Dark Triad? Dark character profiles, swearing, and sociosexuality @thePeerJ

Auditory processing in the zebra finch midbrain: single unit responses and effect of rearing experience @thePeerJ

A cross-sectional assessment of the relationship between sedative medication and anticholinergic medication use and the movement #behavior of older adults living in residential aged care @thePeerJ