Psycomedia Episode 73 – Transgroinal Shagnetic Stimulation

Psycomedia is now fortnightly for the foreseeable future. Or is it? Yes.

Psycomedia Episode 73 – Transgroinal Shagnetic Stimulation


  • Moss, M. C., & Scholey, A. B. (1996). Oxygen administration enhances memory formation in healthy young adults. Psychopharmacology124(3), 255-260.
  • Nittono, H., Fukushima, M., Yano, A., & Moriya, H. (2012). The power of kawaii: viewing cute images promotes a careful behavior and narrows attentional focus. PloS one7(9), e46362.
  • Snowball, A., Tachtsidis, I., Popescu, T., Thompson, J., Delazer, M., Zamarian, L., … & Cohen Kadosh, R. (2013). Long-Term Enhancement of Brain Function and Cognition Using Cognitive Training and Brain Stimulation. Current Biology.
  • Vandewalle, G., Schmidt, C., Albouy, G., Sterpenich, V., Darsaud, A., Rauchs, G., … & Dijk, D. J. (2007). Brain responses to violet, blue, and green monochromatic light exposures in humans: prominent role of blue light and the brainstem. PLoS One2(11), e1247.

NYTOnIt, soon to be accompanied by PsycomediaAllOverIt:

Tim helps cover Eurovision:

Media of the Fortnight:



Jim and Yahtzee’s Rhymedown Spectacular:

Word Realms:


The TRNS equipment:


Pokemon Fusion:

A graph of the wavelength responsiveness of cone cells:

Bill Bailey and Billy Bragg are the Best Bills and Bestest Buds:


8 Responses to Psycomedia Episode 73 – Transgroinal Shagnetic Stimulation

  1. …why is this tagged with “romantic partners” and “weddings”?

    Anyway! You didn’t mention one of my favourite methods of improving cognition. The best book I’ve read all year is “Refactor Your Wetware” (, a guide for IT berks (such as myself) to “take advantage of (your brain’s systems) to improve your own learning and thinking skills”. Essentially about 50% of it boils down to “if you have an understanding of how your brain works you can learn better, correct unconscious biases and so on”. Or to put it in another form, “Listening to Psycomedia helps you be a genius”. It’s a really good book that I thoroughly enjoyed, anyway, and I’d be very interested to know if there are any studies that back up the idea that understanding how the brain works improves cognition and learning.

    • And despite linking to it, I messed up the book title – the full title is “Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor your Wetware”. Also recommended for the trick “move your left foot in clockwise circles and draw the number six in the air with your dominant hand”.

      • psycomedia says:

        It is incorrectly tagged because Tim is lazy and doesn’t check things properly when he copies posts. Sounds like an interesting book – metacognition being aided by understanding the brain will be something I have to look into.

      • (Hmm, will not let me reply to your comment, so I’ll go for solipsism.)
        Speaking from personal experience, finding out about the Fundamental Attribution Fallacy definitely changed the way I analysed my own responses pretty, well, fundamentally.

  2. Charles says:

    “Stock Broca’s Area”. That hurt worse than electrical deep brain stimulation of the anterior cingulate cortex.

  3. Sam says:

    I was wondering if Star Trek into Darkness was as sexist as I experienced it being. Kirk clearly is a sexist character, but that in itself does not make the work sexist. That he’s glorified without any comment suggesting his sexism is a character flaw does point that way. Most or all of the female characters seem pretty weak and vulnerable, but they could be women who happen to be weak individuals, and not individuals who are weak because they are women, however, the way other characters accept their weaknesses seems to suggest that they see them as a norm rather than an individual flaw. I suppose you could argue that J.J. Abrams could create a sexist world without being a sexist, but he doesn’t seem to be using that setting to critique or satirize real world sexism, and given the tone of the movie the sexism comes off as fun and exciting, so that argument probably wouldn’t go anywhere.
    I was going to make that tangentially relate to psychology, but I’ve decided to double down on space and point out that Einstein was the first person to destroy the planet Vulcan, but no one accused him of genocide.

    • Sam says:

      I’ve never thought of fortnight as unusually, but I suppose I may not be entirely representative of America as I’m currently lobbying for gigafurlong as the new unit of astronomic distance.

      • I work with a lot of Americans, and while fortnightly does sometimes get the same reaction as if I’d said they were jargogled, beef-witted slubberdegullions, usually they will have run into it before.
        What really confuses them is when I give the time as “half three”. What I mean is, of course, 3.30. What they hear is some sort of demented maths problem instead of an answer.

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