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  • July 23, 2014
  • 01:13 PM
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Preregistration for All Medical Animal Research

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Writing in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, three Dutch researchers say that All preclinical trials should be registered in advance in an online registry Citing the fact that all clinical trials are (in theory) already registered, authors Jansen of Lorkeers et al say that the system should be extended to cover preclinical medical research, […]The post Preregistration for All Medical Animal Research appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

Jansen of Lorkeers, S., Doevendans, P., & Chamuleau, S. (2014) All preclinical trials should be registered in advance in an online registry. European Journal of Clinical Investigation. DOI: 10.1111/eci.12299  

  • July 20, 2014
  • 03:43 PM
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Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry

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A fascinating little paper in Brain examines Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon. It’s a collaboration by British neurologist Edward H. Reynolds and Assyriologist James V. Kinnier Wilson. The sources they discuss are almost 4,000 years old, dating to the Old Babylonian Dynasty of 1894 – 1595 BC. Writing in cuneiform script impressed into clay tablets, […]The post Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

Reynolds EH, & Kinnier Wilson JV. (2014) Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon. Brain : a journal of neurology. PMID: 25037816  

  • July 14, 2014
  • 02:48 PM
  • 74 views

Can We Grasp The Brain’s Complexity?

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An entertaining paper just out in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience offers a panoramic view of the whole of neuroscience: Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity The paper is remarkable not just for its content but also for its style. Some examples: How does the brain work? This nagging question is an habitué from the top […]The post Can We Grasp The Brain’s Complexity? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

Tognoli E, & Kelso JA. (2014) Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity. Frontiers in systems neuroscience, 122. PMID: 25009476  

  • July 6, 2014
  • 02:13 PM
  • 112 views

fMRI Motion Correction: The Quick and the Dead

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The infamous dead salmon brain scan study may just have been eclipsed, in the ‘most ghoulish demonstration of a methodological pitfall in fMRI‘ stakes. A new study examines the issue of motion artifacts, a major concern in much neuroimaging research – and it does so by scanning dead people. The new paper has the unwieldy […]The post fMRI Motion Correction: The Quick and the Dead appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 04:47 AM
  • 106 views

Is It Time To Redraw the Map of the Brain?

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A provocative and important paper just out claims to have identified a pervasive flaw in many attempts to map the function of the human brain. University College London (UCL) neuroscientists Yee-Haur Mah and colleagues say that in the light of their findings, “current inferences about human brain function and deficits based on lesion mapping must […]The post Is It Time To Redraw the Map of the Brain? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • June 29, 2014
  • 06:36 AM
  • 111 views

Another Education Neuromyth Debunked

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What does neuroscience have to say about the educational value of lectures? Not much, says pedagogist Ken Masters in a lively article just published in Medical Teacher: Nipping an education myth in the bud: Poh’s brain activity during lectures Masters lays into an emerging slice of neurononsense. The claim is that neuroscientists have shown that, […]The post Another Education Neuromyth Debunked appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • June 24, 2014
  • 06:31 AM
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The FDA’s Antidepressant Warning Didn’t Really “Backfire”

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We read this week that ‘Black Box’ Warning on Antidepressants Raised Suicide Attempts A so-called “black box” warning on antidepressants that the medications increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in kids may have had a horrible side-effect. New research finds the warning backfired, causing an increase in suicide attempts by teens and young […]The post The FDA’s Antidepressant Warning Didn’t Really “Backfire” appeared first on Neuroskept........ Read more »

  • June 21, 2014
  • 05:57 AM
  • 93 views

fMRI: Can MVPA Really Help Crack The Neural Code?

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Multivoxel Pattern Analysis (MVPA) is the latest big thing in the neuroimaging world. MVPA is a multivariate statistical technique that can be applied to fMRI brain scan results as an alternative to conventional univariate methods of finding brain activation. Neuroscientists love MVPA for two reasons: first, it offers more ‘blobs for your buck’ – it […]The post fMRI: Can MVPA Really Help Crack The Neural Code? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • June 10, 2014
  • 04:54 PM
  • 135 views

America’s Most Depressing Jobs?

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An interesting study just published examines the rates of clinical depression experienced by workers in different jobs. It turns out that people involved in ‘Local and Interurban Passenger Transport’ are most likely to be treated for depression. By contrast, those employed in ‘Amusement and Recreational Services’ are less than half as likely to experience it […]The post America’s Most Depressing Jobs? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

Wulsin L, Alterman T, Timothy Bushnell P, Li J, & Shen R. (2014) Prevalence rates for depression by industry: a claims database analysis. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. PMID: 24907896  

  • June 9, 2014
  • 05:15 PM
  • 158 views

Tracking Conscious Perception in Real-Time With fMRI?

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What if it were possible to measure your conscious experience, in real time, using a brain scanner? Neuroscientists Christoph Reichert and colleagues report that they have done just this, using fMRI – although in a limited fashion. Their research has just been published in Frontiers in Neuroscience: Online tracking of the contents of conscious perception […]The post Tracking Conscious Perception in Real-Time With fMRI? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

Reichert C, Fendrich R, Bernarding J, Tempelmann C, Hinrichs H, & Rieger JW. (2014) Online tracking of the contents of conscious perception using real-time fMRI. Frontiers in neuroscience, 116. PMID: 24904260  

  • May 30, 2014
  • 09:07 AM
  • 70 views

At The Right Hand of Sleep

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When we’re drowsy, and on the point of falling asleep, our awareness of the outside world tends to dim. But a fascinating new paper reports that, for most people, it’s the left side of the world that dims the most. The study comes from neuroscientists Corinna Bareham and colleagues from the Cognition and Brain Sciences […]The post At The Right Hand of Sleep appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • May 24, 2014
  • 05:30 PM
  • 177 views

The Myth of Einstein’s Brain?

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There was nothing special about Albert Einstein’s brain. Nothing that modern neuroscience can detect, anyway. This is the message of a provocative article by Pace University psychologist Terence Hines, just published in Brain and Cognition: Neuromythology of Einstein’s brain As Hines notes, the story of how Einstein’s brain was preserved is well known. When the […]The post The Myth of Einstein’s Brain? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • May 23, 2014
  • 03:17 PM
  • 127 views

Two Cheers for Social Media In Science

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Zen Faulkes of the Neurodojo and Better Posters blogs (the former being established way back in 2002!) has just published an article in major neuroscience journal Neuron on the rise of blogs and social media as forums for scientific debate: The Vacuum Shouts Back: Postpublication Peer Review on Social Media I get a passing mention: […]The post Two Cheers for Social Media In Science appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • May 17, 2014
  • 04:00 PM
  • 208 views

Brain Stimulation Makes Man A Johnny Cash Fan?

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A man developed a passionate love for the music of Johnny Cash after being implanted with a brain stimulation device. The unique story is told in a case report in the Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience journal, published on the 6th May. The authors, Mariska Mantione and colleagues, describe the case of “Mr. B”, a 58 […]The post Brain Stimulation Makes Man A Johnny Cash Fan? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • May 10, 2014
  • 09:43 AM
  • 110 views

Science Pseudonyms vs Science Sockpuppets

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As you might have noticed, I blog (and tweet and comment) under a pseudonym. Recently, I defended the use of pseudonymity and anonymity in science in a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal  – published under my pseudonym. So I was, at first, alarmed to see that Italian physicist Lorenzo Iorio has just published a […]The post Science Pseudonyms vs Science Sockpuppets appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • May 4, 2014
  • 06:39 AM
  • 193 views

fMRI: A Result That Could Make Neuroscientists “Gasp” In Surprise

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Many fMRI studies of brain activity could be confounded by the pattern of the participants breathing. In a new paper published in Human Brain Mapping, Dutch neuroscientists Willem Huijbers and colleagues show that peoples breathing cycle tends to get synchronized (phase-locked) with the appearance of stimuli during cognitive tasks. Because the respiratory cycle is known […]The post fMRI: A Result That Could Make Neuroscientists “Gasp” In Surprise appeared first on Neuroskeptic......... Read more »

  • May 2, 2014
  • 05:57 PM
  • 230 views

Predicting Suicide: A Statistical Scandal

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A shocking piece of statistics has been uncovered in a paper published in a respectable psychiatry journal. The offending article, Electrodermal hyporeactivity as a trait marker for suicidal propensity in uni- and bipolar depression, appeared in 2013 in the Journal of Psychiatry Research. It examined whether an ‘electrodermal hyporeactivity’ test – based on measuring the […]The post Predicting Suicide: A Statistical Scandal appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • April 29, 2014
  • 06:18 AM
  • 288 views

Recursive Fury: Misunderstanding The Ethics of Criticism

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One month ago, a paper was retracted from Frontiers in Psychology. It was called “Recursive fury: conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation”, from Australian psychologists Stephan Lewandowsky and colleagues. Most retractions are valuable corrections to the literature, taking flawed science or plagiarised work out of circulation. I have myself […]The post Recursive Fury: Misunderstanding The Ethics of Criticism appeared first on Ne........ Read more »

  • April 24, 2014
  • 04:39 PM
  • 173 views

Cap and Trade Scientific False Positives?

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In a letter to Nature, University of Miami psychologists Michael McCullough and David Kelly propose A trading scheme to reduce false results. Neuroskeptic readers will know that concern over false-positive science is growing. Many solutions have been proposed, but McCullough and Kelly’s is quite novel: Cap-and-trade systems have proved useful in cutting pollutants such as […]The post Cap and Trade Scientific False Positives? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • April 20, 2014
  • 06:03 AM
  • 346 views

The Mystery of “Quantum Resonance Spectroscopy”

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Can quantum physics help to diagnose schizophrenia and depression? A paper just published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease claims that a technique called ‘quantum resonance spectroscopy’ (QRS) can accurately diagnose various mental health problems. But is it quantum wizardry or magic quackery? According to the authors of the new paper, Zhang et […]The post The Mystery of “Quantum Resonance Spectroscopy” appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

Zhang Y, Liu F, Shi J, Yue X, Zhang H, Du X, Sun L, & Yuan J. (2014) Exploratory quantum resonance spectrometer as a discriminator for psychiatric affective disorders. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 202(4), 287-91. PMID: 24647211  

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