OF CUTTLEFISH AND MEN   ⏱10:09


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are cuttlefish better at delaying rewards than crows & kids? neuroscience manipulation, bullying & failure, & the millions in prize money for migraine research

episode #6, 26th March 2021 #cuttlefish #cognition #openscience #scihub   image source

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our main brain stories this episode...

CUTTLEFISH COGITION BETTER THAN CHILD'S

thescientist.com says cuttlefish match crows in delayed gratification, while the independent says crows beat a 5-year old child at puzzle-solving. transitive inference thus implies that cuttlefish are better than children at delayed puzzles   [read more...]

this story was in episode #6. original article: Schnell et al., 2021 (Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B: Biological Sciences), reported in: The Scientist by Asher Jones on 5th March 2021 & The Independent by Harry Cockburn on 13th March 2021 #cuttlefish #corvid #crow #child #delay #task

ratings: The Scientist: fact - scientific story reported well  


BINAURAL BEATS BEATEN BACK

a 2017 study of 'binaural beats' - an auditory phenomenon in which sounds appear to oscillate between the ears - was retracted after it was revealed that 48 of the original 88 datasets had not been included in the original report   [read more...]

this story was in episode #6. original articles: Colzato et al., 2021 (Experimental Brain Research), Colzato et al., 2017 (Experimental Brain Research), #retraction #beat #responder #phacking


OPEN SCIENCE IS CLOSING DOWN

the goals of open science - to improve access to the methods and results of science - are noble. from time to time, however, these goals are obscured by questionable open science practices - quosps. don't get stung   [read more...]

this story was in episode #6. reported in: Twitter by Curate Science (EP LeBel) on 16th March 2021 #openscience #bropenscience #QUOSP


PHYSICAL WARMTH IS INTERPERSONAL WARMTH

the quite interesting team tweeted "people are more likely to see the best in others if they interact with them while holding a cup of hot coffee". but this famous finding from 2008 was not replicated by a much much larger study   [read more...]

this story was in episode #6. original articles: Williams & , Bargh, 2008 (Science), Lynott et al., 2014 (Social Psychology), reported in: Twitter by Quite Interesting on 14th March 2021 ##warmth ##replicate ##fail ##interpersonal


MEGA MOOLAH FOR MIGRAINE MECHANISM

four neuroscientists have been awarded 10m danish kroner in the brain prize for decades of work on the role of neuropeptides in migraine. the short protein-like chemicals affect the brain's blood supply   [read more...]

this story was in episode #6. reported in: The Guardian by Linda Geddes on 4th March 2021 #migraine #headache #treatment #cause

rating: The Guardian: fact - scientific story reported well  


DO NOT USE SCI-HUB FOR FREE SCIENCE

in a coordinated information campaign across the news media, uk university students are warned not to use the website sci-hub to access millions of scientific research articles for free   [read more...]

this story was in episode #6. reported in: The Independent by Peter Stubley on 20th March 2021 & The BBC by Sean Coughlan on 20th March 2021 #scihub #pirate #publishing #science


THE BRAIN NEWS MERRY-GO-ROUND

about one thousand new brain science studies are published every week. so it is disappointing that news outlets seem to cover the same stories, re-hash, or re-present old ones. the error bar will aim to be the *second* to each brain story   [read more...]

this story was in episode #6. reported in: The Guardian by Natalie Grover on 4th March 2021 & The Daily Mail by Ryan Morrison on 8th March 2021 & The Telegraph by Joe Shute on 23rd March 2021 & The New York Times by Kim Tingley on 24th February 2021 #second #silver #runnerup #nearly #almost


EDITORIAL CHANGES AT THE ERROR BAR

as a brain science news outlet established in 2021, the error bar is updating its editorial policy, with a focus on open access stories. also: feedback from you, the made-up listener   [read more...]

this story was in episode #6. #editorial #policy #feedback #hashtag