A TICS article on the importance (and difficulties) of preregistration in science.
A very informative blog by Peter Bandettini regarding current controversies in the fMRI world.
Is decoding of orientation from early visual cortex purely due to "vignetting". Piece by Nikolaus Kriegeskorte.
Do we need to understand how AI works to use it? Check out this Science article.
Data Visualization & Presentation
Programming and Stats
Thanks to Mariam Aly for gathering some of these links
Overview of handy Matlab commands
Statistically comparing two correlations
Why copy-paste coding is a bad idea?
An amazing R markdown from Maureen Ritchey that generates a formatted exam from a .csv of questions!
A link to the online preview of the book Fundamentals of Data Visualization by Claus O. Wilke.
A New York Times article that provides tips when feeling burned down.
An article in Nature with personal stories of five researchers and their advice on maintaining good health in our 'hyper-competitive' academic world.
Neuroscience for everyone
Want to improve your memory? Try doing nothing for 15 minutes. NEW!
A NYT article on the wonders and ethics of making a bunch of brain cell chunks (organoids).
An NYT article by Veronique Greenwood on the effects of poorly ventilated indoors on our cognitive abilities. Don't forget to crack open that door and window!
An NYT article by Michael S. Gazzaniga on the (brain) development of fetus, both from an ethical, and biological & neurological point of view.
Why being under the weather creates 'brain fog'?
A NYT article on the effects of exercise on memory.
Watch your gut! Effects of your gut germs on your brain!
Portable MEG!! Read "A New Wearable Brain Scanner" by Emily Waltz. Thanks to Matt Siegelman for bringing this up to my attention.
A New Yorker article by Joshua Rothman on decision making. Thanks to Chelsea Helion for sharing it on Twitter!
A Knowable Magazine article called "Why forgetting may make your mind more efficient" by Tom Siegfried.
Thanks to everyone who shares useful information online
Dr. Meltem Yücel, Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, has put together a comprehensive list of positions from a wide range of levels such as paid internships, and post-BA jobs. Furthermore, this website also contains resources that are useful when applying to graduate school like virtual graduate school information sessions.
Given the numbers of faculty positions vs. PhD positions, one thing is clear. Most PhDs will need to leave academia to find a job. Here is a brilliant A LinkedIn piece by Marlieke van Kesteren called A scientist’s path to a non-academic job: Tips and tricks.
"What can we learn from Dartmouth?". In this article, Leah H. Somerville, a Dartmouth graduate herself, lists some recommendations that can prevent a toxic environment in the academic workplaces.
Dorsa Amir, an anthropology grad student at Yale University has made a list of useful advice she was provided during her grad study years. I think they can be useful at later stages of academic (and non-academic) career as well.
A piece in Science that proposes some suggestions to reduce the number of post-docs who are on limbo in regards to being able to find faculty positions. One suggestion, which I personally don't agree, is to limit post-doc duration to three years unless the post-doc can acquire external funding.
Science in Practice
Applying basic science to real life
An amazing website from Efrat Furst that is designed with the aim of bridging neuroscience research and education. I think every teacher/instructor should read her website!
What if neuroscientists were to design helmets? Read (and watch) here. A San Francisco Chronicle article by Al Saracevic.
(non-neuro)Science for everyone
A NYT article that suggests maybe we should consider resting squatting instead of sitting. It would be an interesting meeting if we gathered around all squatting instead of sitting around a desk.
A NYT article comparing the hearts of swimmers and runners.
In an episode in Last Week Tonight, John Oliver describes in an informative and entertaining way why you shouldn't take every scientific finding for granted, especially as highlighted in media.