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An occasional cognitive neuroscience blog
Thanks to Mark Stokes for pictureThere has been some truly excellent coverage this morning of the very important paper published today by Kate Button, Marcus Munafo and colleagues in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, entitled “Power failure: why small sample size undermines the reliability of neuroscience”.For example, Ed Yong has written a fantastic piece on the issues raised by the realisation that insufficient statistical power plagues much neuroscience research, and Christian Jarrett has an e........ Read more »
Button, K., Ioannidis, J., Mokrysz, C., Nosek, B., Flint, J., Robinson, E., & Munafò, M. (2013) Power failure: why small sample size undermines the reliability of neuroscience. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1038/nrn3475
Chambers, C. (2013) Registered Reports: A new publishing initiative at Cortex. Cortex, 49(3), 609-610. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.12.016
Kriegeskorte, N., Simmons, W., Bellgowan, P., & Baker, C. (2009) Circular analysis in systems neuroscience: the dangers of double dipping. Nature Neuroscience, 12(5), 535-540. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2303
Nieuwenhuis, S., Forstmann, B., & Wagenmakers, E. (2011) Erroneous analyses of interactions in neuroscience: a problem of significance. Nature Neuroscience, 14(9), 1105-1107. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2886
The neuralyzer from Men in BlackI've been a little disconcerted by the recent appearance in the popular science press of a number of articles seeming to claim that we're just around the corner from being able to erase painful or traumatic memories. For example:Wired: The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever by Jonah LehrerScientific American: Erasing Painful Memories: Drug and Behavioral Therapies Will Help Us Forget Toxic Thoughts by Jerry AdlerThe articles are beautifully writ........ Read more »
Brunet A, Orr SP, Tremblay J, Robertson K, Nader K, & Pitman RK. (2008) Effect of post-retrieval propranolol on psychophysiologic responding during subsequent script-driven traumatic imagery in post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of psychiatric research, 42(6), 503-6. PMID: 17588604
Kindt M, Soeter M, & Vervliet B. (2009) Beyond extinction: erasing human fear responses and preventing the return of fear. Nature Neuroscience, 12(3), 256-8. PMID: 19219038
Milton AL, & Everitt BJ. (2012) The persistence of maladaptive memory: addiction, drug memories and anti-relapse treatments. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 36(4), 1119-39. PMID: 22285426
Steckler T, & Risbrough V. (2012) Pharmacological treatment of PTSD - established and new approaches. Neuropharmacology, 62(2), 617-27. PMID: 21736888
Keen students of memorywill recognise that the title of this post is an homage to the seminal book ofthe same title by the great memory researcher, Endel Tulving. To my mind, Tulving’s Elements is one of thefinest books that has been written about memory, along with William James’s Principles of Psychology and Dan Schacter’s Searching for Memory. (It’s quite possiblethat Charles Fernyhough’s forthcoming Pieces of Light may soon join thatlist).In Tulving’s book, he describeshow ........ Read more »
Gunter, B., Berry, C., & Clifford, B. (1981) Proactive interference effects with television news items: Further evidence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Learning , 7(6), 480-487. DOI: 10.1037/0278-7322.214.171.1240
WICKENS, D., BORN, D., & ALLEN, C. (1963) Proactive inhibition and item similarity in short-term memory. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 2(5-6), 440-445. DOI: 10.1016/S0022-5371(63)80045-6
I have previously written about how I think that cognitive neuroscience as a scientific discipline (and I know that this is not a universally held view) has largely moved on from publishing studies demonstrating the neural correlates of “x”, where x might be behaviours as diverse as maternal love, urinating, or thinking about god. There are still a few of these sorts of studies published each year, and because the public are, it seems, fascinated by stories about blobs on brains, the m........ Read more »
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