Rorschach Tests at the Nuremberg Trials

By Neuroskeptic | April 25, 2015 4:43 am

After the fall of Nazi Germany, the victorious Allies sought to bring the leaders of the Third Reich to justice in the form of the well-known Nuremberg Trials. Less famous are the attempts by  psychologists to understand the Nazi mind in the form of psychological evaluations of the Nuremberg defendants.

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Is Synesthesia A Brain Disorder?

By Neuroskeptic | April 21, 2015 5:08 pm

In a provocative review paper just published, French neuroscientists Jean-Michel Hupé and Michel Dojat question the assumption that synesthesia is a neurological disorder.

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Where Are The Big Ideas in Neuroscience? (Part 1)

By Neuroskeptic | April 19, 2015 11:03 am

Why are there no big ideas in neuroscience?


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Is There Signal in the fMRI Noise?

By Neuroskeptic | April 18, 2015 7:00 am

A new paper in Neuroimage suggests that methods for removing head motion and physiological noise from fMRI data might be inadvertently excluding real signal as well.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: fMRI, head motion, methods, papers, select, Top Posts

Autistic Traits Aren’t Linked To Brain Anatomy?

By Neuroskeptic | April 15, 2015 3:58 pm

According to a large study just published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, there’s no correlation between brain anatomy and self-reported autistic traits.


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Brain Sarcasm Centre “Totally Found”

By Neuroskeptic | April 11, 2015 10:31 am

A new study published in the journal Neurocase made headlines this week. Headlines like: “Sarcasm Center Found In Brain’s White Matter“. The paper reports that damage to a particular white matter pathway in the brain, the right sagittal stratum, is associated with difficulty in perceiving a sarcastic tone of voice.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: funny, media, papers, select, Top Posts

The Ideal Brain Scanner

By Neuroskeptic | April 6, 2015 6:13 am

When philosophers are thinking about issues such as free will and the mind-body problem, the notion of a futuristic “ideal brain scanner” often shows up.

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Academic Journals In Glass Houses… (Updated)

By Neuroskeptic | April 4, 2015 4:52 am

A psychiatry journal, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (JNMD), has just published a remarkable attack on another journal, Frontiers in Psychology. Here’s the piece: it’s by the JNMD’s own Statistics Editor. In it, he writes that:

To be perfectly candid, the reader needs to be informed that the journal that published the Lakens (2013) article, Frontiers in Psychology, is one of an increasing number of journals that charge exorbitant publication fees in exchange for free open access to published articles. Some of the author costs are used to pay reviewers, causing one to question whether the process is always unbiased, as is the desideratum. For further information, the reader is referred to the following Web site:

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Did A Soviet Psychiatrist Discover Autism In 1925?

By Neuroskeptic | April 2, 2015 5:25 am

Who discovered autism? Traditionally, the priority has been ascribed to two psychiatrists, Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger, who both published independent but remarkably similar descriptions of the syndrome in 1943 – 44 (although Asperger had released a preliminary description in 1938.)
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P-Values and Exploratory Research

By Neuroskeptic | March 31, 2015 3:18 pm

Lately I’ve been talking a lot about the question of whether scientists should preregister their research protocols.


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CATEGORIZED UNDER: FixingScience, science, select, Top Posts

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