April 18 cognitive science news round-up

  • Writing in the New York Times a few months ago, physician Perri Klass reviewed recent research to counter myths our society has about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Among Dr. Klass’s arguments was a statement that seemed to rule out cultural influences as possible contributing factors to ADHD. In this op-ed piece in the Huffington Post, neuroscientist Russell Poldrack argues that our ‘information culture’ can indeed contribute to ADHD.
  • A new study by a global consortium of researchers found that among a pool of study participants from around the world, a majority reported failure in their efforts to ‘unplug’ from information technology such as mobile phones and the Internet. Some study participants even reported feeling symptoms akin to those suffered by substance abusers going through withdrawal.  [U. of Maryland International Center for Media & the Public Affairs]
  • “A survey of hundreds of drinkers found that on average people could tell good wine from plonk no more often than if they had simply guessed.” [The Guardian]
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