Iceland hammers COVID; personal space; locked-in; don't mess with celebrations; lies and lying liars who lie; long covid brain fog; Music: Oneohtrix Point Never; Etta James

  1. How Iceland hammered covid: tl,dr - by applying huge scientific heft, and a willingness to learn and adapt.

  2. We all have a sense of our personal space - and of who can, and can’t, invade it. How does this work? Lovely discussion of the neuroscience of your personal buffer zone.

  3. 'Is there anybody in there?' Life as a locked-in patient:Jake Haendel spent months trapped in his body, silent and unmoving but fully conscious. Most people never emerge from ‘locked-in syndrome’, but as a doctor told him, everything about his case is bizarre’. (There has been a revolution in our understanding of ‘locked-in’ patients and patients with related conditions: Into the Grey Zone by Adrian Owen, a pioneer in this area, is well worth reading (my review here).

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  4. Grr: don’t mess with my holiday plans! Nice explainer on our sometimes inchoate but angry feelings over postponed celebrations: snippet - ‘another reason people may flout restrictions: because altering longstanding rituals is perceived as an affront to sacred values.’

  5. Don’t fool yourself: you’re hopeless at detecting lies, and when you do, it’s just by chance: ‘… decades of empirical research have shown that none of the nonverbal signs assumed by psychological folklore to be diagnostic of lying versus truthfulness is in fact a reliable indicator of lying versus truthfulness’.

  6. Long covid is a very real and troubling problem; we’re recruiting post-covid participants to take part in an online study focused on long covid-associated ‘brain fog’; details here and the long covid research survey is here.

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Music

Oneohtrix Point Never - Long Road Home (Official Video)

Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind (Live at Montreux 1975)

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