Bloggers were busy last week and it shows: there's no shortage of posts on ResearchBlogging.org to choose from. Here are my picks for the week:
- Neuroskeptic asks, is it a duck or a rabbit? And why isn't it a "duckrabbit"? The neuroscientist discusses the perception of ambiguous figures by individuals with autism.
- The host of This is Serious Monkey Business presents a thorough investigation of the possible evolutionary roots of the hymen, including a look at how sexual selection may have helped preserve this culturally-laden tissue.
- At Brain Posts, Bill Yates' second post on how the brain processes complex beliefs shows readers how religious beliefs about the nature of God manifests in brain activity.
- Chad Orzel has basketball on his brain at Uncertain Principles. He takes another look at "hot shooting" and asks whether researchers have been interpreting the term correctly in their analysis.
- And finally, the author of The Autist's Corner, discusses a study that has found that people are more receptive to deism when confronted with their own mortality. (So perhaps there really are no atheists in foxholes?)