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Scholarship for College Students Living with a Neurological Disorder

Bella Soul is a charity that empowers college students faced with chronic illness, physical disabilities, and disease through scholarships and emotional support. I have partnered with them to serve on and advise their scholarship committee on a voluntary basis. Their First Annual Luke G. Neurological Scholarship will award $500 to $1,000 to full-time students enrolled […]

234 Possible Alien Signals

I love reading articles that discuss the same issue and come to essentially opposite conclusions. In this case, Canadian astronomers have recently performed an analysis of 2.5 million stars and found 234 of them producing pulsed signals that they claim may be of alien origin. The scientific community is skeptical. The Independent declares, “Strange messages […]

The Conspiracy Theory Label

As skeptics we apply various labels to certain kinds of intellectual behavior. Perhaps the big three are pseudoscience, conspiracy theory, and denialism. There are many specific subtypes of these three big categories, however. Quackery, for example, is medical pseudoscience. Tooth Fairy science, a term coined by Harriet Hall on SBM, refers to a certain type […]

Can Our Immune System Drive Social Behavior?

The immune system is our main defense mechanism against disease. Dysfunctions in the immune system are therefore associated with a myriad of complications, including several neurological and mental disorders. Yet, for a long time the brain and the immune system were considered to be isolated from each other – it was believed that the brain […]

Does Effect Size Matter for fMRI?

fMRI researchers should care about (and report) the size of the effects that they study, according to a new Neuroimage paper from NIMH researchers Gang Chen and colleagues. It's called Is the statistic value all we should care about in neuroimaging?. Show More Summary

Artificial Light and Circadian Rhythm – Are We Messing It Up?

The day-night cycle is one of the most defining patterns of life as we know it. We live in a cyclic environment and circadian rhythms are an essential element in the biology of living organisms. Many physiological processes are synchronized with the day-night cycle, being modulated by environmental timing cues such as sunlight. Our biological […]

Update on Indie Neuroblogs

Independent Neuroblogs, a combined aggregate feed for non-network Neuroscience Blogs, was started on FriendFeed in response to the proliferation of blog networks in 2010. The associated Twitter account @neuroghetto has survived the demise of FriendFeed, Yahoo Pipes, and now twitterfeed. Show More Summary

Hazards of pointing out bad meta-analyses of psychological interventions

The hazards of pointing out bad meta-analysis of psychological interventions A cautionary tale Psychology has a meta-analysis problem. And that’s contributing to its reproducibility problem. Meta-analyses are wallpapering over many research weaknesses, instead of being

Maybe We Should Call Psychiatry Something Else

Research shows that changing the name could help reduce the stigma of mental illness -- Read more on

Chiropractic and Strokes

In February Playboy model and instagram star Katie May died suddenly of a stroke at age 34. Recently TMZ obtained a copy of the coroner’s report from her autopsy which concludes that the stroke was due to a tear in one vertebral artery, which in turn was caused by neck manipulation by a chiropractor. This […]

Can Stroke be Prevented By Lifestyle Changes?

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability. But can stroke be prevented? Probably not totally, but it sure is possible to drastically reduce the odds of having a stroke. A huge international study on the risk factors for stroke recently published in The Lancet has shown that the majority are potentially modifiable behaviors. […]

The Hawthorne Effect Revisited

It’s always more complicated than you think. If there is one overall lesson I learned after 20 years as a science communicator, that is it. There is a general bias toward oversimplification, which to some extent is an adaptive behavior. The universe is massive and complicated, and it would be a fool’s errand to try […]

Money Cant Buy Child Health Without Parent Affection

Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child’s physical health even decades later, but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background, according to a Baylor University study. Assistant professor of sociology at Baylor University, Matthew A. Andersson, Ph.D., explains: Previous research […]

Thanks Drugmonkey!

The science internets came up with a great idea today, which is to celebrate #drugmonkeyday, to list the many ways in which fellow blogger Drugmonkey has helped us in our careers. Its not often that we get to thank someone who has helped us with their mentorship and guidance, unless said person either died or […]

Do You Suffer from Trump Syndrome?

If you're displaying erratic behavior that seems irrational to others, part of the explanation could be plain old sleep deprivation -- Read more on

Where Does the Power Come From?

Yet another perpetual motion machine video is making the rounds. I do have a fascination with these devices, and this one is a great example of the genre. This device was conceived and created by a Norwegian artist, Reidar Finsrud. He is clearly a talented, intelligent, and motivated artist. He reports that he became obsessed […]

Projection – When Narcissists Turn the Blame on You

Ah, projection. The fine art of making me guilty of your vices. Projection No one projects better or more frequently than a narcissist. They’ve practiced, honed and refined projection to a fine art. Whatever they’re up to, by some mental “abracadabra,” suddenly they’re innocent and you’re actually the one up to no-good. Deep In The […]

Can Treating Nightmares Prevent Suicides?

These nighttime terrors have been shown to increase the risk of suicidal behavior independently of other risk factors -- Read more on

Science Is Not Colonialism

This Youtube video is making the rounds. Relax, tape a deep breath, and take a look at the video. The core point that the primary speaker is making is this: Science is nothing but Western colonialism imposed upon the African people (and presumably others). The only solution is for science to “fall” – she would […]

Best Strategy to Manage Stress Depends on the Person

People use different coping strategies to deal with stressful events, and some people use coping strategies more than others. Three techniques for keeping perspective through the ups and downs of life that have been studied are: Mindfulness: Staying aware in the present moment Reappraisal: Finding ways of reinterpreting negative events to give them more positive […]

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