Mobile MEG: Will New Technology Change Neuroscience?

By Neuroskeptic | March 26, 2018 3:11 pm

An improved method for recording brain activity could prove a major asset to neuroscience, according to a Nature paper just out: Moving magnetoencephalography towards real-world applications with a wearable system

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: EEG, methods, papers, select, Top Posts

Solar Silliness: The Heart-Sun Connection

By Neuroskeptic | March 22, 2018 3:11 pm

heart_sunOn Twitter, I learned about a curious new paper in Scientific Reports: Long-Term Study of Heart Rate Variability Responses to Changes in the Solar and Geomagnetic Environment by Abdullah Alabdulgader and colleagues.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: papers, select, statistics, Top Posts, woo

The Selective Skepticism of Lynne McTaggart

By Neuroskeptic | March 17, 2018 1:23 pm

Lynne McTaggart is an author and leading alternative health proponent who was the foil for my first ever Neuroskeptic post, nearly 10 years ago. Ever since then I have occasionally been following McTaggart’s output.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: media, science, select, Top Posts, woo

Is Human Adult Neurogenesis Dead? And Does It Matter?

By Neuroskeptic | March 14, 2018 3:14 pm

Does the human brain continue creating new neurons throughout adult life? The idea that neurogenesis exists in the adult human hippocampus has generated a huge amount of excitement and stimulated much research. It’s been proposed that disruptions to neurogenesis could help to explain stress, depression, and other disorders.

But a new study, published in Nature, has just poured cold water on the whole idea. Researchers Shawn F. Sorrells and colleagues report that neurogenesis ends in humans some time in childhood.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: neurogenesis, papers, select, Top Posts

What Does Any Part of the Brain Do?

By Neuroskeptic | March 9, 2018 2:43 pm

How can we know the function of a region of the brain? Have we been approaching the problem in the wrong way? An interesting new paper from German neuroscientists Sarah Genon and colleagues explores these questions.


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CATEGORIZED UNDER: fMRI, methods, select, Top Posts

Scientific Salami Slicing: 33 Papers from 1 Study

By Neuroskeptic | March 3, 2018 5:49 am

Salami slicing” refers to the practice of breaking scientific studies down into small chunks and publishing each part as a seperate paper.

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

About that New Antidepressant Study

By Neuroskeptic | February 24, 2018 7:52 am

A new Lancet paper about antidepressants caused quite a stir this week. Headlines proclaimed that “It’s official – antidepressants work“, “Study proves anti-depressants are effective“, and “Antidepressants work. Period.”

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Human Chains: “Prayer Camp” Psychiatry Study Raises Ethical Questions

By Neuroskeptic | February 21, 2018 3:12 pm

A new medical paper raises complex questions over ethics and human rights, as it reports on a study that took place in a religious camp where mentally ill patients were chained up for long periods.

The paper’s called Joining psychiatric care and faith healing in a prayer camp in Ghana and it’s out now in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The authors are a Ghanian-British-American team led by Dr Angela Ofori-Atta.

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Disability Bias in Peer Review?

By Neuroskeptic | February 18, 2018 9:05 am

Writing in the journal Medical Care, researcher Lisa I. Iezzoni says that a peer reviewer on a paper she previously submitted to that journal displayed “explicitly disparaging language and erroneous derogatory assumptions” about disabled people.


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The Neural Basis of Watching “Memento”

By Neuroskeptic | February 13, 2018 8:25 am

Memento (2000) is a complex psychological thriller about a man unable to form long-term memories. The movie is popular among neuroscientists for its accurate depiction of amnesia. Now, in a wonderfully “meta” paper, a group of neuroscientists report that they scanned the brains of people watching Memento in order to study memory processes.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: fMRI, movies, select, Top Posts


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