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how mirror neurons and physics can explain everything about the human brain, the correct way to eat chocolate biscuits & the error bar takes a break

episode #14, 16th July 2021 #mirrorneuron #physics #biscuit #summer   image source

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our main brain stories this episode...


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MIRRORCLE NEURONS

a relatively sensible-sounding meta-review of the effects of action observation on neurological rehabilitation is blown wildly out of proportion by the media. it's a mirrorcle   [read more...]

this story was in episode #14. original article: Ryan et al., 2021 (Archives Of Rehabilitation Research And Clinical Translation), reported in: Irish News by Fiona MacRae on 8th July 2021 image source #mirrorneuron #stroke #rehab #metaanalysis

rating: Irish News: fudge - scientific story distorted  


PHYSICS EXPLAINS THE MIND

the daily express has lined up a series of male physicists to explain the mysteries of the human mind & brain. no psychologists or neuroscientists were available for comment   [read more...]

this story was in episode #14. reported in: The Daily Express by Sebastian Kettley on 9th July 2021 & The Daily Express by Sean Martin on 4th July 2021 #physics #mind #mystery #macho #ignorance

ratings: The Daily Express: fudge - scientific story distorted   The Daily Express: fudge - scientific story distorted  


and the brain in brief...

EAT BISCUITS CHOCOLATE DOWN

the newspapers are all lining up to give free advertising space to a major biscuit manufacturer after an unidentified report released on world biscuit day revealed it's better to have the chocolate facing down   [read more...]

this story was in episode #14. reported in: The Sun by Julia Atherley on 15th July 2021 & The Mirror by Paige Holland on 9th July 2021 & Irish Mirror by Michelle Cullen on 9th July 2021 & The Daily Mail by Shivali Best on 8th July 2021 #chocolate #eating #biscuit #promotion #irony

ratings: The Sun: fudge - scientific story distorted   The Mirror: fudge - scientific story distorted   Irish Mirror: fudge - scientific story distorted   The Daily Mail: fudge - scientific story distorted  


HOBSON, LEWONTIN, LAKATOS (rest in peace)

neuroscience has lost three scholars: allan hobson, richard lewontin and peter lakatos   [read more...]

this story was in episode #14. original articles: Dietrich, 2021 (Nature), Obleser, 2021 (Nature Neuroscience), reported in: internet source by World Sleep Society on 12th July 2021 #AllanHobson #RichardLewontin #PeterLakatos


THE ERROR BAR TAKES A BREAK

after 14 episodes, a busy year, and a very busy week, the error bar hangs up his nit-picking tweezers for a few weeks while the british summer passes without note   [read more...]

this story was in episode #14. original article: Holmes, 2021 (Nature), #break #holiday #leave #downtime #metime