Has a software bug really called decades of brain imaging research into question? Since its inception in 1990, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has revolutionised the way we think about the brain. In association with other techniques, it provides invaluable … Continue reading Are fmri brain studies flawed?
What a Bad Decision Looks Like in the Brain Humans often make bad decisions. If you like Snickers more than Milky Way, it seems obvious which candy bar you’d pick, given a choice of the two. Traditional economic models follow … Continue reading Is there a unified choice theory?
Do You Believe in God, or Is That a Software Glitch? We’ve all seen them, those colorful images that show how our brains “light up” when we’re in love, playing a video game, craving chocolate, etc. Created using functional magnetic … Continue reading The false positives of fmri
Signs of pure altruism converge in the brain and increase with age Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found converging signs of pure altruism and behavior that increase with age in the brain. … Continue reading Does altruism depend on age?
Blobs and Pitfalls: Challenges for fMRI Research Brain scanning is big at the moment. In particular, the technique of functional MRI (fMRI) has become hugely popular within neuroscience. But now a group of big-name neuroimaging researchers, led by Russ Poldrack, … Continue reading The traps of neuroimaging research
Winter Brain, Summer Brain: Seasonality in Brain Responses? A new paper in PNAS raises the interesting suggestion that our brain function goes through yearly cycles. According to authors Christelle Meyer and colleagues, their findings reveal new evidence of seasonal effects … Continue reading Seasonality effects under fMRI
Obesity Is Not Like Being “Addicted to Food” Is it possible to be “addicted” to food, much like an addiction to substances (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, opiates) or behaviors (gambling, shopping, Facebook)? An extensive and growing literature uses this terminology in … Continue reading Is food like crack?