Blog Review: Neuroskeptic

The blog reviewed here is the ‘Neuroskeptic‘ blog. In the About section, we learn that the Neuroskeptic is a male neuroscientist in the Uk who describes the blog thus:-

A neuroscientist takes a skeptical look at his own field, and beyond

Appearance and Design

There is a dark/light blue striped background with a central white pane featuring the articles. The title pane lists the blog title in white font on a dark blue background. The articles are titled, dated, comment enabled, tagged and featuring an e-mail option as well as a research blogging icon. The blog can be navigated using the options on the right side of the central pane – chronological archived links and label links. There is an RSS subscription option and external links. Articles are generously and aesthetically illustrated and the overall site design is simple and effective.

Content

There are 250 articles at the time of writing. The Neuroskeptic typically reports on studies in an accessible and engaging style. Here are some of my favourites

Serotonin: Interesting evidence about the effects of a presumed absence of Serotonin from a Plos One paper.

Critiquing Neuroscience explanations: Looking at a study investigating perceptions of psychological and neuroscience explanations.

Voodoo Correlations: I’ve covered this elsewhere but this is part of a classic neuroscience blogosphere episode. I’ve missed of the updates but they’re well worth a look as well.

Ephebiphobia: Worth reading for the 6000 year old comment alone.

The Neuroscience of Niceness: Positive neuroscience.

Salmon fMRI: Reviewing a recent study by Bennett who reports on the fMRI findings in a dead salmon.

Placebo coffee: Self-explanatory.

No more interesting: Umm interesting to note that haven’t been as successful!

Armchair Neuropathologists: Sharing neuropathology data

More on Serotonin deficits.

How I Write. Tips on blogging.

New approach to analysing fMRI: New approach using overlapping areas of functional activation in groups of subjects.

Conclusions

The Neuroskeptic is a well established neuroscience blogger who as the title suggests, takes a skeptical view of the neuroscience research for the purposes of the blog and produces some very interesting engaging posts. The posts above are the ones I found interesting but there are a number of other categories which look at more controversial areas within (clinical) neuroscience and which initiate a lot of discussion. Well worth a look.

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