Manic Monday: Five Neuro-Trends To Watch in 2010

Well, for this bloggist there was no shortage of subject matter. Where to start?

1.   Psychopath brain wiring. The implications for neuro-law are either huge, or none at all.

Psychopaths (sociopaths): White matter unplugged (June 29, 2009)

Craig MC, Catani M, Deeley Q, Latham R, Daly E, Kanaan R, Picchioni M, McGuire PK, Fahy T, Murphy DG. “Altered connections on the road to psychopathy,” Molecular Psychiatry advance online publication 9 June 2009; doi: 10.1038/mp.2009.40

Shamay-Tsoory SG, Harari H, Aharon-Peretz J, Levkovitz Y., “The role of the orbitofrontal cortex in affective theory of mind deficits in criminal offenders with psychopathic tendencies., ” Cortex. 2009 May 18. [Epub ahead of print]doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2009.04.008

Unified Field Theory of Psychopath Brain Development: Retinoid Toxicity

2.  Fringe blogger Goldman Sachs conspiracy theories turn out to be largely factually correct, much to the horror of fringe bloggers — pointing to a larger trend of public pent up demand for exposure and explanation of wonky academic studies.  Originally, I blogged about why Iraq had like an $80B surplus and linked it to the commodity futures trading commission exemption for GS oil futures index. With most of the details wrong, and in the context of a “ginormous power grab” the basic premise is looking — horrifically – correct: the financial services industry manipulates regulations to manipulate markets world wide as their own power grab.

3.  Obesity ain’t a river in Egypt, but the river may cause obesity.  Finally, the US Environmental Protection Agency is auditing the nation’s drinking water. My guess: we’re all drinking feminizing, toxic, roiling mixtures of endocrine disruptors.  The nation’s water system is part of the infrastructure, and, like energy, needs a re-do. Probably we’ll be able to pin point some of the more egregious sources of endocrine-disrupters/obesity causing agents.

Does environmental arsenic contamination cause obesity by disrupting thyroid hormone mediated gene regulation?

Things Time Mag Ignores in Reporting on Obesity in the Southern USA

Healthcare reform: Appoint an obesity Czar. Exhibit A: CDC’s Wrongheaded Anti-Obesity Strategy Will Result In Spending Outrageous Amounts of Money With No Reduction in Childhood Obesity

Senator Blanche Lincoln: Promoter of Obesity and Polluting the Water in the Cherokee Nation?

4.  The Biology of Affiliate Fraud.  Mr. Madoff targeted the Jewish society members and fake Rockefeller targeted the upper crust WASPS – are they amateur neurosociologists? Humans are herding animals at heart, and so this kind of affiliative fraud probably has a biological basis. More on that in 2010.

Sociopath Affirmative Action: Bruce Edward Ivins and “Clark Rockefeller”

“Fake Rockefeller” update: The talented Mr. Gerhartstreiter: A study in psychopathy

White collar psychopath fraudfeasors who use other people as tools for conning, duping, manipulating and perpetrating fraud: brain scan study. Does a broken moral neural circuit excuse evil?

White collar psychopath talk in the Sunday New York Times

5.  In Utero Epigenetics.   This is where the nature/nurture rubber meets the road.

Manic Monday: Ex addict? Epigenetic changes give you 10 years of excuses for your bad behavior, after that, you’re on your own

Autistic Spectrum and Parental Age Link Confirmed, Again, High Scrotal Heat Epigenetics, and Unsupported Mercury-From-Indonesian-Vanilla-Ending-Up-In-Baby-Food Theory

Second-generation addiction, autistic spectrum, bipolar, schizophrenia, and obesity as artifacts of stress-induced epigenetics?

Neuro Epigenetic Roundup: Drifting Epigenetically and a Recipe for Blue Corn Muffins

Smoking and drinking genetics update: MAOA is methylated

“A unified genetic theory for sporadic and inherited autism”