My time at Flux, Berlin

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 →

Neuroscience Challenges: Group Averages

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 →

Passion, Grit and Mental Health in Science

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 →

Down the Memory Lane with Tomás Ryan

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 →

We are all born Scientists: This is Us

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 →

My Quest on becoming a Brain Detective

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 →

Did You Know? Learning Styles Are a Myth

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 →

Truth Does Not Equal Virality

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 →

Did You Know…?

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!  

Studying the Developing Brain – A Swiss Postdoc in Australia

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 →

About Being in Science

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 →

Academic Children Tell All

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 →

Making History with Audrey Peyper

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 one, but three (!) experts involved in our interview. In the first part of our interview, Audrey talks about the challenges and excitements of academic life, but... Continue Reading →

PJ-Party and Neuroscience?

11/24/2017 From Guess The Publication (4th ed.). Which research team published in 2017 this paper including an unprecedented and exemplary amount of individual brain data? How do neuroscience and pijama party go hand in hand? Guess...

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