Most neuroblogs serve as filters for brain science news, mining content from journals, newspapers, magazines and more. The most earnest of these curators, Mind Hacks, is a multiauthor U.K. outfit born out of a 2004 book with the same name. The blog culls articles that in some way help readers better understand their own mind. PsyBlog occupies similar territory but also offers fun special features—for example, a recent post heralded 10 brilliant social psychology studies, including Philip Zimbardo’s disturbing Stanford Prison Experiment in which students posing as “guards” quickly developed abusive behavior toward “prisoners.”
For a blog with more personality, try The Neurocritic, which is always sardonic (and occasionally scathing). According to his bio, the anonymous author has led a hard-knock life, and he works out his hostility by excoriating scientists and journalists who dare to sensationalize findings. In November he jumped on the authors of a New York Times op-ed over the dubious results of their fMRI study regarding people’s perceptions of the 2008 presidential candidates.
Nearing the highbrow end of this spectrum is The Frontal Cortex, the literary brain blog of Jonah Lehrer, twentysomething author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). Like the book, which presents instances of art as a harbinger of scientific insights, Lehrer’s blog covers neuroscience as part of a broader cultural milieu.
But because this is the Web, there are also plenty of opportunities to give your reading comprehension skills a rest. For example, try Channel N, a repository of brain science videos where you can sample, among other things, Mind columnist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran’s lectures on neurological oddities. And, speaking of our own, don’t forget to drop by the Mind Matters blog at SciAmMind.com, where David Dobbs serves up a weekly morsel of brain food straight from the research lab.