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2021: A YEAR IN ERROR   ⏱12:21

how rocket scientists & brain surgeons are just as clever as you, how to publish anything in medical journals, how music affects the brain & 2021 has ended

episode #23, 7th January 2022 #rocket #brain #bogus #music #year #2021 #error   image source

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our main brain stories this episode...

ROCKET SCIENCE & NEUROSURGERY FOR ALL

the uk media seized on a report that rocket scientists & brain surgeons are no more intelligent than the general population. only the daily mail noted the authors' pleas for more non-white non-males to enter the professions   [read more...]

this story was in episode #23. original article: Usher et al., 2021 (British Medical Journal), reported in: The Independent by Vishwam Sankaran on 14th December 2021 & The Daily Mail by Shivali Best on 13th December 2021 & The Guardian by Nicola Davis on 13th December 2021 #rocket #science #brain #surgery #christmas


GUIDANCE GUIDANCE IS BOGUS

the british medical journal continues its christmas season by publishing bogus guidance for reporting underwhelming studies. it's worth a read & it's only partly parody.   [read more...]

this story was in episode #23. original article: Bauer, 2021 (British Medical Journal), #guidanceguidance #howto #spoof #christmas


MUSIC RELEASES DOPAMINE

in a post-christmas music quiz, the bbc's counterpoint asked a contestant which neurotransmitter in particular is released by listening to music. the correct answer, of course, was dopamine. i mean, where do i even begin with this?   [read more...]

this story was in episode #23. reported in: The BBC by Paul Gambaccini on 27th December 2021 #dopamine #music #serotonin #quiz

rating: The BBC: fudge - scientific story distorted  


PLOTKIN, KOHONEN, LEAKEY, WILSON

evolutionary & brain sciences have lost four esteemed members: henry plotkin, teuvo kohonen, edward o wilson & richard leakey.   [read more...]

this story was in episode #23. reported in: Twitter by Sophie Scott on 17th December 2021 & Twitter by BrainsOnWaves on 14th December 2021 & The BBC on 3rd January 2022 & The BBC on 27th December 2021 #plotkin #kohonen #leakey #wilson #evolution


2021: A YEAR IN ERROR

the error bar celebrates its first year, looking back at the best story, paper, error, sexiest neural correlate & the latent story of 2021 that the media failed to publish: ai robot dogs that diagnose dementia from body odour   [read more...]

this story was in episode #23. #2021 #best #worst #sexiest #dogs