3×5: Culture, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry Weekly Roundup (May 14)

My five favorite reads for week of 7–14 May 2012 (organized by date of publication):


NYT 5/8/12: “Psychiatry manual drafters back down on diagnoses

Sciam blog by Edward Shorter 5/9/12: “Trouble at the heart of psychiatry’s revised rule book

NYT 5/11/12 : “Addiction diagnoses may rise under guideline changes

The Amazing World of Psychiatry’s blog post of 5/12/12: DSM-5 APA Roundup

NYT magazine 5/13/12, “Can you call a 9-year-old a psychopath?”


Tania Singer’s Neuroimage review published online 1/28/12: “The past, present and future of social neuroscience: A European perspective,” in which “the use of a multi-method and multi-disciplinary research approach combining genetic, pharmacological, computational and developmental aspects is advocated and future directions for the study of interactive minds are discussed.”

UCLA’s Naomi Eisenberger and Steve Cole review published online 4/15/12 in Nature Neuroscience: “Social neuroscience and health: Neurophysiological mechanisms linking social ties with physical health” and in same issue Meyer-Lindenberg and Tost discuss “Neural mechanisms of social risk for psychiatric disorders.”

The Guardian’s 5/7/12 article and accompanying video:”Quest for the connectome: Scientists investigate ways of mapping the brain

Daniel Lende’s 5/10/12 post:  “Neuroanthropology, applied research, and developing interventions

h-madness 5/10/12 post on “The filedrawer problem: A resource


New must-reads in May 2012 Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry by Stanford’s Jocelyn Marrow & @tanyaluhrmann “The zone of social abandonment in cultural geography: On the street in the United States, inside the family in India” and

Mary Picone’s “Suicide and the afterlife: Popular religion and the standardisation of ‘culture’ in Japan”

Eugene Raikhel of Somatosphere’s 5/12/12 post on Ian Hacking: “The new me: What biotechnology may do to personal identity“). Includes link to 15 min talk and excerpt from an interview with Andrew Lackoff.

In a postscript, Eugene added a link to “Hacking’s own most recent updating of his ‘making up people’ concept …  “Kinds of People: Moving Targets,” where he rejects what he calls his own earlier attempts to retain a notion of ‘natural kinds.'”

Finally, Josh Brahinsky’s “Pentecostal body logics: Cultivating a modern sensorium” published online 5/2/12 in latest Cultural Anthropology.

******* BONUS Nature correspondent Eugenie Samuel Reich 5/9/12 on universal grammar and lingusitic variation in which  Uli Sauerland, who works on syntax-semantics interface, takes on Daniel Everett: “War of words over tribal tongue: Debate highlights pitfalls in studying minority languages.” Also, Paul Bloom’s NYT review of E. O. Wilson’s new book, “The Social Conquest of Earth.”

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About Constance A. Cummings

Constance A. Cummings, PhD, is Project Director of the non-profit Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which supports and advances interdisciplinary research and scholarship at the intersection of brain, mind, culture, and mental health and illness. She is co-editor (with Carol Worthman, Paul Plotsky, and Dan Schechter) of Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and (with Laurence Kirmayer and Rob Lemelson) the forthcoming Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (Cambridge, 2015). She received her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from New York University.

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