The ‘gay cure’ experiments that were written out of scientific history

This article first appeared on Mosaic and is republished here under a Creative Commons licence. Robert Heath claimed to have cured homosexuality by implanting electrodes into the pleasure centre of the brain. Robert Colvile reports on one of the great forgotten stories of neuroscience. For the first hour, they just talked. He was nervous; he’d … Continue reading The ‘gay cure’ experiments that were written out of scientific history

Four Floors + a Gift Shop: A History of Psychiatry Roadtrip

This is a special post co-authored by Jennifer Bazar and Jacy Young and published simultaneously at both the Advances in the History of Psychology (AHP) and FieldNotes blogs. The 45th annual meeting of Cheiron was held at the end of June in Irving, Texas – 22 hours didn’t seem like a long enough a drive, so we decided to detour a few hours to swing through St Joseph, Missouri. What, you … Continue reading Four Floors + a Gift Shop: A History of Psychiatry Roadtrip

Conceptions of Giftedness, in light of DVD finding

The recent finding that infants don’t learn language well from instructional videos — especially the sorts typically bought by enthusiastic grandparents — has received a great deal of coverage in the popular press (e.g., Melbourne Herald Sun, Newsweek, Seatle Post Intelligencer). One of the more interesting responses I saw was published in The Sunday Times. … Continue reading Conceptions of Giftedness, in light of DVD finding