What are the Unsolved Problems of Neuroscience?

By Neuroskeptic | February 28, 2015 3:34 am

In an interesting short paper just published in Trends in Cognitive Science, Caltech neuroscientist Ralph Adolphs offers his thoughts on The Unsolved Problems of Neuroscience.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: papers, science, select, Top Posts

Right-Wing Brain Surgeons: The Case of Surgical Neurology International

By Neuroskeptic | February 22, 2015 7:35 am

Last week we learned about the strange goings-on at two journals edited by the autism researcher, Johnny Matson. Matson and his team ‘stepped down’ after accusations of improper peer review processes.

This reminded me of another case of unusual behavior at an academic journal: Surgical Neurology International (SNI), published by Medknow/Wolters Kluwer. I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while, and now seems like a good time.

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Does Science Produce Too Many PhD Graduates?

By Neuroskeptic | February 18, 2015 3:24 pm

In a new paper, a group of MIT researchers argue that science is producing PhDs in far greater numbers than there are available tenured jobs for them to fill.

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Editorial Misbehaviour in Autism Journals?

By Neuroskeptic | February 16, 2015 6:11 pm

A remarkable scandal has erupted concerning the editorial standards of two scientific journals.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: autism, papers, PIE, science, select, Top Posts

Plagiarism: Copy, Paste, Thesaurus?

By Neuroskeptic | February 7, 2015 9:04 am

I’m a regular reader of Jeffrey Beall’s invaluable Scholarly OA blog. Earlier this week Beall blogged about a dubious-looking new ‘predatory’ journal called International Journal Online of Humanities (IJOHMN). I took a look and noticed that one of their papers is called Leaders Produce Teamwork Organizations.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: papers, select, Top Posts, Uncategorized

Who Are History’s Heroes And Villains? A World Opinion Survey

By Neuroskeptic | February 6, 2015 5:21 am

How do people in different cultures view history? Around the globe, who are regarded as the best and worst historical figures? A new survey out now in PLoS ONE reveals the patterns of world opinion:  “Heroes” and “Villains” of World History across Cultures.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: media, papers, politics, select, surveys, Top Posts

Hennessy, Everclear, And Alcohol-Related Violence

By Neuroskeptic | February 2, 2015 3:18 pm

What do Hennessy, Jack Daniels, and Everclear have in common? According to a rather fascinating new study, these three brands are especially popular with those teenage drinkers who get into booze-related fights.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: drugs, papers, select, selfreport, surveys, Top Posts

Does Quantum Resonance Spectrometry Work?

By Neuroskeptic | January 31, 2015 9:56 am

This is my fourth post on  ‘quantum resonance spectrometry’ (QRS), a strange medical technology that seems to be becoming increasingly popular in China. Proponents claim that QRS can quickly and painlessly diagnose almost any disease. However, as I discussed last time, the technology has a dubious history.

But we shouldn’t focus on the past. The important question is: how well do today’s QRS devices work? In this post I’ll look at some examples of the technology in action.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: methods, QRS, select, Top Posts, Uncategorized, woo

Team of Rivals: Does Science Need “Adversarial Collaboration”?

By Neuroskeptic | January 28, 2015 6:15 pm

When scientists disagree about something, the two sides of the argument often come to form separate communities, with scientists collaborating with others on their “team” while avoiding working with their “opponents”. But is there a better way?

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Urban Legends In The World of Clinical Trials

By Neuroskeptic | January 24, 2015 8:39 am

Ethnographer Jill A. Fisher offers a fascinating look at the rumors and urban legends that circulate among the volunteers who get paid to take part in medical research: Stopped hearts, amputated toes and NASA
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CATEGORIZED UNDER: drugs, science, select, Top Posts, Uncategorized

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