San Francisco Psychedelic

An amorphous artistic and musical movement emerged in the late 1960s—pivoting around a suite of chemicals dedicated to inducing cognitive distortion and other bizarre psychological effects—and created an enduring slice of social history. This exhibit shows the work of the photographers who captured on film the idealistic pioneers of the counterculture movement. A companion exhibit at the museum, San Francisco Psychedelic Posters, shows contemporaneous concert posters.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

February 10–June 10

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Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art

The didactic pictorial examination of travel in Chinese art is interwoven with more expressive “journeys of the mind,” where as long ago as the 11th century, artists sought an aesthetic refuge from troubled times by “roaming through the mountains or escaping to wilderness retreats or utopian paradises.” The work resonates with us today, as the viewer can still vicariously reach a similar destination in those evocative landscapes.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

February 10–August 26



2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Topics such as “cognitive impairment and late life depression,” while perhaps depressing for all of us, might encourage work that ameliorates the lives of aging people everywhere. The association's Web site also has advice for nonprofessionals, with techniques designed to “promote healthy aging strategies.”

New Orleans

March 1–4

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Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting

The SRCD promotes “research in the field of human development” and with the help of their biennial meetings (the last one had more than 5,000 attendees) encourages the practical application of findings from researchers who contribute from all over the world.


March 29–April 1


Because I Said So

After her youngest daughter endures serial dating failures, a strong-willed mother (Diane Keaton) steps in to help find the “perfect man.” Said daughter (Mandy Moore), like all children who are resolute (or obstinate, depending on the circumstances), would rather do it herself instead of trusting to Mom's ad on an Internet dating site (not a bad instinct, given the iffy results of these sites, described by Robert Epstein in “The Truth about Online Dating,” on page 28). The test of wills in this comedy is as much about love as it is about letting go.

Universal Pictures

Wide release February 2

Flags of Our Fathers Letters from Iwo Jima

These two films, both directed by Clint Eastwood, lay bare the core beliefs of two societies by looking at one of the most ferocious battles between them. Flags of Our Fathers is the American view of the fight for Iwo Jima, where the determined Marines endured 26,000 wounded and dead on the battlefield—and a few more casualties among the survivors who were feted as “heroes” back home.

In Letters from Iwo Jima, Lt. Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) knows that he and the Japanese troops under his command, to fulfull their duty, will die defending the island against overwhelming odds.

Flags: Paramount Pictures (U.S.)

DVD release scheduled for March 2007

Letters: Warner Brothers (worldwide)

Wide release in the U.S. February 2007


Since this Web site first appeared in May 2005, Edward Jones of the University of California, Davis, and his colleagues have expanded the information to encompass some 40 terabytes of data that include more than 12 million megapixels of brain images in extraordinary, manipulatable detail. There are complete brain atlases of several species, such as Tyto alba (barn owl) and Macaca mulatta (the rhesus monkey, not the maligned college student from Virginia); the atlas of our brain is still a work in progress.

The data can be navigated with sophisticated applications, available from the site. is not for the casually interested reader, but it is fascinating to see how the power of the Internet can be harnessed.

It is not the lurid, breathless sensationalism of the dime novel but “a place to collate information of interest in a forensic psychological context.” The blog, based in England, covers the psychological aspects of all kinds of criminal behavior, as well as its investigation and punishment and the treatment of its victims. Geared at least in part to professionals, the blog provides notices of forthcoming papers and jobs in the U.S. and the U.K.