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...

Music, Brain and Academic Life

This weeks' expe(e)rtise is by Psyche Loui, an Assistant Professor of Psychology, musician and mother. In her interview she gives insights on what fascinated her to start studying music and the brain, how it is important to be fascinated by a scientific question while also focusing on learning the methods required, and highlights those challenges... Continue Reading →

When Fish Teach us MRI-Stats

11/02/2017 New in our Guess the publication  students' section. Which study is illustrated and why? Solution: This week’s Guess the Publication was inspired by the 2009 poster and later publication of Bennett and colleagues 1 . Their research team conducted an fMRI study using a dead Atlantic Salmon as the main research subject. No, we did not... Continue Reading →

Your Brains

This week's science song is a true jewel within the geek rock genre and will get you in the mood for any upcoming Halloween event! Jonathan Coulton is a singer-songwriter that relates incredibly well to the, as we scientists like to think, widely popular science cult (also known as geek culture). So, here is to... Continue Reading →

Decision making and solving the unknown

How did you get to your current position in research? During University, I worked with young people with mental health problems. Having seen how much impact such conditions can have and how little we still know about them, made me interested in understanding what happens in the developing brain for psychiatric disorders to arise. After... Continue Reading →

Use it or lose it!

Solution: In the early 2000s, different studies using magnetic resonance imaging were able to show that the brain is adapting according to our behavior or experience 1,2,3. Last week’s Guess the Publication cartoon is based on the 2004 study conducted by Draganski and colleagues3 entitled „Neuroplasticity: Changes in grey matter induced by training“. In their study the authors demonstrate stimulus-dependent change... Continue Reading →

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