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Encephalon #22 Arrives May 8, 2007

Posted by Johan in Links, Neuroscience.

The twenty-second issue of neuroscience blog carnival Encephalon is up at John Hawks Weblog.

In the issue, Bohemian Scientist takes a few well-aimed shots at the ever-growing terminology of science, in particular the -ome insanity, as in genome, or more recently, connectome. Whatever that means.

Also, Pure Pedantry has an interesting take on the issue of theory of mind in autism, and its implications for morality. Some people conceive of theory of mind as a necessary pre-requisite for moral behaviour, so why do people with autism act morally, unlike psychopaths?

The post goes on to consider the performance of people with autism when viewing the Thatcher illusion, which is an upside-down image of the Iron Lady where the face and mouth area is still presented upright. When viewed upside-down, it looks normal, but when turned over, the inverted face features become apparent. Incidentally, this illusion was made by Peter Thompson, one of my lecturers here at York and a hardline psychophysics/spatial frequency kind of researcher. His departmental page includes the disclaimer “I am not, nor ever have been, involved in serious research into face perception.”


1. mcewen - May 8, 2007

I have found the theory of mind fascinating for a long while [just read Pure Pedantry earlier this morning] I also love optical illusions. I would concur with you that it is my experience that the average autistic behaves in a manner of an entirely superior order to the rest of us.
Best wishes

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