This is the story of why we should all care and be careful about science communication. A visual summary of my latest #scicomm talk, including ivory towers, sleeping beauties and digital wildfires: To understand science communication, we have to understand the core of science - our methods: the whole mechanistics of our striving to... Continue Reading →
Last week our neuroimaging team attended the annual Flux Society Congress in Berlin. For PhD student Réka Borbás this was one of the first international conferences and she describes her impressions and learning experiences within the following blog post. Réka Borbás (left), PhD student from Basel, Switzerland, together with Nora M. Raschle (middle) and Lynn... Continue Reading →
To scicomm or not to scicomm?! We were invited to talk about why it is important to invest in science communication and outreach by 'Wissenschaft im Dialog'. Why are we scientists who #scicomm...? In short, to understand development, we need the support of children and families who participate in our studies, but also the support of... Continue Reading →
Most of what we know from neuroscience studies today is based on data deriving from group averages. This can be a problem. Why? #MRI #challenges #scicomm #sciart #scitoons #cartoons #thread People are like sushi! Similar in some regards, different in others. Common group analyses are based on group averages that discount individual variability & have... Continue Reading →
07/19/2018: Throughout the past year we have been privileged to interview a wide variety of academic experts in our special mentoring section of our blog. No matter what challenges were brought up, the fascination for science was undeniably present in all the stories. This is also true for this week’s interview with Jason Shepherd, Assistant Professor... Continue Reading →
05/04/2018: This week’s interview is answered by Tomás Ryan, an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland. From knowing Tomás personally, I can say that he is not only one of the most promising scientists in memory research, but also a genuine supporter of efforts in science communication, equality and early career support.... Continue Reading →
Do you know the band “We are Scientists”? Awesome music. It is also said that the band chose their name since they were once mistaken for scientists due to their looks. According to their own words, that included glasses, buzz-cut hair, jackass-attitude. They forgot to add the most important attribute that likely contributed to this... Continue Reading →
Our new addition to the expert's section this week: Gábor Csifcsák, a Hungarian postdoctoral research fellow working in Tromsø at the Arctic Universtiy of Norway. His current work is focusing on a novel non-invasive paradigm with the goal of ameliorating cognitive symptoms in depression and chronic pain. In his interview he talks about challenges in... Continue Reading →
So exciting to share this video I was able to create with Sabine Gysi from BOLD blog !! Learn about brain development & the importance of the first years of life in our cartoon animation. Early childhood matters! Video Link at: https://bold.expert/how-the-brain-develops-grows-and-learns-throughout-our-lives/
03/13/2018: Guess the publication (6th edition) Solution: For this weeks’ Guess The Publication we did not only present a single cartoon, but a whole sci-art poster representing the concept, psychological mechanisms and neural basis of emotion regulation as presented in the synthetic review article by Kevin Ochsner, Jennifer Silvers and Jason Buhle (2012). Important to... Continue Reading →
The brain is very fascinating and equally as popular for propagating information. Not all of them are true. Neuromyths describe common misconceptions that may have once been based on a scientifc fact but were then misinterpreted. Neuromyths may also derive from misrepresentations based on originally scientific facts that were later deliberately distorted in order to serve... Continue Reading →
Solution: Our latest cartoon of the week was inspired by the 2017 publication of Qiu and colleagues, published in Nature Human Behaviour. This study questions a major challenge within the mainstream media or digital world to date: how can low quality information become widely popular or why do fake news eventually surpass the actual truth?... Continue Reading →
Relicts from the past...knowledge from today! Watch our new Did-You-Know-GIF and see me doodle live.
We have have experimented with GIFs some more and now officially have a new file format representing short science facts: Under "Did you know...?" we will be posting short educational .GIFs. Here is our first "Did you know...?" GIF!
In our expert's section this week: Ines Mürner-Lavanchy, a Swiss postdoctoral research fellow currently working at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Ines works as a developmental neuroscientist and is conducting neuroimaging research studies with children born very prematurely. In her interview she talks about her fascination with... Continue Reading →
12/18/2017: Sophie von Stumm is Associate Professor for Developmental Psychology at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). For our interview section, she talks about her own, not always straight-forward way into science. She highlights how trying to fit into the expected structures of science bears the risk of compromising ones’ own interests. Sophie... Continue Reading →
Here is our solution to our cartoon (4th ed.) from our Guess the publication section. Solution: Our cartoon of the week was motivated by the 2017 publication of Gordon & Laumann and colleagues in Neuron, which was entitled “Precision functional mapping of individual human brains”. Nights filled with neuroimaging sessions organized by the group led to an... Continue Reading →
Not only did we update our graphical interface, there are also new drawings and information for all in our Brain Facts for Everyone corner. Learn more about brain anatomy, brain development and now also about the neural processes involved.
11/27/2017 Expe(e)rtise: Audrey Peyper is a PhD candidate in history, mother of two and writer on the subject of metal. This week, we are very excited to have not only her as an expert for our interview, but also her daughters Roxy and Angelique (4 and 7 years). The two academic kids talk about what they... Continue Reading →