Unattractive People Are Seen As Better Scientists

By Neuroskeptic | May 28, 2017 8:36 am

Good looking, sociable people don’t make good scientists, according to popular stereotypes.

This is one of the findings of an interesting new study of how scientists are perceived, from British researchers Ana I. Gheorghiu and colleagues.
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Unreliability of fMRI Emotional Biomarkers

By Neuroskeptic | May 24, 2017 9:21 am

Brain responses to emotion stimuli are highly variable even within the same individual, and this could be a problem for researchers who seek to use these responses as biomarkers to help diagnose and treat disorders such as depression.

That’s according to a new paper in Neuroimage, from University College London neuroscientists Camilla Nord and colleagues.

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A Survey of Our Secret Lives

By Neuroskeptic | May 21, 2017 6:55 am

What kinds of secrets does the average person keep? In a new paper, Columbia University researchers Michael L. Slepian and colleagues carried out a survey of secrets.

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Paper About Plagiarism Contains Plagiarism

By Neuroskeptic | May 17, 2017 2:08 pm

Regular readers will know that I have an interest in plagiarism. Today I discovered an amusing case of plagiarism in a paper about plagiarism.

The paper is called The confounding factors leading to plagiarism in academic writing and some suggested remedies. It recently appeared in the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA) and it’s written by two Saudi Arabia-based authors, Salman Yousuf Guraya and Shaista Salman Guraya.

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Sergio Canavero: Will His Head Transplants Roll?

By Neuroskeptic | May 13, 2017 2:07 pm

Will the first human head transplant happen soon? According to Sergio Canavero, it will – and he’ll be the man to do it.

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Vaccines, Autism, and Retraction

By Neuroskeptic | May 10, 2017 9:30 am

Arbitrary and unfair behavior by scientific journals risks damaging the public’s perception of science.

Two weeks ago, the Journal of Translational Science published a paper that reported a correlation between vaccination and autism in 666 children. On Monday, the paper disappeared from their website, with no explanation or retraction notice. Google’s cache still has the paper here. Retraction Watch has more details.

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Neuropeptides and Peer Review Failure

By Neuroskeptic | May 8, 2017 12:08 pm

A new paper in the prestigious journal PNAS contains a rather glaring blooper.

The paper, from Oxford University researchers Eiluned Pearce et al., is about the relationship between genes and social behaviour. The blooper is right there in the abstract, which states that “three neuropeptides (β-endorphin, oxytocin, and dopamine) play particularly important roles” in human sociality. But dopamine is not a neuropeptide.

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Is “Allostasis” The Brain’s Essential Function?

By Neuroskeptic | May 5, 2017 1:53 pm

A paper just published in Nature Human Behaviour makes some big claims about the brain. It’s called Evidence for a large-scale brain system supporting allostasis and interoception in humans, but how much is evidence and how much is speculation?

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How Can We Measure Human Oxytocin Levels?

By Neuroskeptic | May 3, 2017 1:42 pm

Is oxytocin really the love and trust chemical? Or is it just the hype hormone? A new paper suggests that many studies of the relationship between oxytocin and behaviors such as trust have been flawed.

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New Human Rights for the Age of Neuroscience?

By Neuroskeptic | April 29, 2017 6:55 am

Do we have a human right to the privacy of our brain activity? Is “cognitive liberty” the foundation of all freedom?

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