The Ethics of Joke Science

By Neuroskeptic | December 20, 2014 6:37 am

What happens when scientists publish papers that aren’t meant to be taken seriously? Is ironic, satirical and joke science all in good fun, or can it be dangerous?

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Head Motion Biases Brain Structural Scans

By Neuroskeptic | December 19, 2014 7:56 am

A regular theme here at Neuroskeptic is the worrying issue of head movement during brain scans. We’ve seen that motion can alter measures of functional and structural connectivity, and that common approaches to dealing with this problem may be inadequate.

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Increasing Rigor in Huntington’s Disease Research

By Neuroskeptic | December 14, 2014 6:57 am

The CHDI Foundation, a charitable organization who fund a lot of research into Huntington’s disease, are interested in reforming the scientific process.
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Are Poetry and Psychosis Linked?

By Neuroskeptic | December 11, 2014 6:37 am

Is there a relationship between poetry and psychosis?

writing_poetryThe idea that ‘genius’ is just one step removed from ‘madness’ is a venerable one, and psychiatrists and psychologists have spent a great (perhaps an inordinate) amount of time looking for correlations between mental illness and creativity.

Now a new British study has examined whether poets exhibit more traits of psychosis than other people. One of the authors is a published poet, Helen Mort.

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Social Pain, Physical Pain: Different After All?

By Neuroskeptic | December 7, 2014 5:48 am

In a paper just published, a group of neuroscientists report that they’ve changed their minds about how the brain processes social pain. Here’s the paper: Separate neural representations for physical pain and social rejection

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Prosopometamorphopsia: The Woman Who Saw Dragons

By Neuroskeptic | December 5, 2014 11:31 am

A 52 year old woman suffered from a strange problem: she saw dragons wherever she looked.
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Psychiatry: End of the Road for “Endophenotypes”?

By Neuroskeptic | December 4, 2014 3:39 pm

An important new study could undermine the concept of ‘endophenotypes’ – and thus derail one of the most promising lines of research in neuroscience and psychiatry.

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A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention

By Neuroskeptic | November 26, 2014 6:37 am

A report in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour describes an unusual field trip made by Canadian researcher Debra W. Soh – to a furry convention, expecting to witness some kind of sexual free-for-all (or free-fur-all).

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: autism, mental health, papers, select, Top Posts

Failed Replications: A Reality Check for Neuroscience?

By Neuroskeptic | November 19, 2014 1:39 pm

An attempt to replicate the results of some recent neuroscience papers that claimed to find correlations between human brain structure and behavior has drawn a blank.

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How Your Facebook Updates Reveal Your Personality

By Neuroskeptic | November 15, 2014 6:28 am

The words you use in your Facebook posts reveal much about your personality, according to psychologists Gregory Park and colleagues in a new study just published.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: blogging, papers, select, selfreport, Top Posts, you
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