Friday, November 23, 2012

Independent Neuroblogs as part of the science blogging ecosystem

Did you know there are at least 85 blogs on neuro/psych topics written by individuals (or small groups) outside of the blog network model? And that you can follow a feed of these blogs in several ways?

Independent Neuroblogs, a combined aggregate feed for non-network Neuroscience Blogs, started on FriendFeed in response to the proliferation (and increasing clout) of blog networks after the implosion of ScienceBlogs in 2010. The infamous PepsiGate scandal caused an exodus of bloggers from the once-mighty network (which still exists, by the way). Many bloggers went to other networks, including those hosted by Discover, Wired, Guardian, PLOS, and eventually Scientific American, or else started their own network, most prominently at Scientopia.

At around the same time, a new aggregator at wanted to become "Your one-stop shop for the most recent posts from science blog networks." This left those of us who were not part of blog networks, whether by choice or obscurity or quirkiness, out in the cold (or rather in the neuroghetto). Hence, the Indie Neuroblogs list was formed, which you can also follow on Twitter @neuroghetto or through its RSS feed. This group was then included on under the banner of Aggregators and Combined Feeds of Independent Bloggers.

The comprehensive ScienceSeeker site has since superseded There you can select posts on Psychology and Neuroscience, or follow their respective feeds.

Of course, there are many other blog networks out there that include bloggers on psych/neuro topics, such as Big Think, Field of Science, Forbes, Lab Spaces,1 Nature Blogs, PsychCentral, Psychology Today, Occam’s Typewriter, Science 2.0, and others. And many authors write multiple blogs, some on networks and some independently.

What initially started as a group of 38 blogs in September 2010 has grown to a list of 85 97. There might be some that I've inadvertently excluded or overlooked. If I've missed your blog, or the blog of someone you know, please mention it in the comments and I will add it to the group.

The Thoughtful Vegetable
Manchester Psychiatry Society
Right Mind Matters
Cedar's Digest

Neuroscience postdoc blog
Knowing Neurons
Computing for Psychologists
Daniel Bor
Science and Education Blog 
Corona Radiata


1 Which has the dubious distinction of being the only blog network that has ever wanted me as a member...

The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Blogs

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At November 23, 2012 4:54 PM, Blogger Angela Ronson said...

I don't even know where I belong, I'll have lots of neuro topics, but they are from a unique perspective since I was the one who suffered a massive brain bleed.

At November 23, 2012 4:57 PM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

Sorry, I don't know how I could have missed it. Thanks for the reminder!

At November 23, 2012 5:14 PM, Blogger Dirk Hanson said...

Neuroghetto was an extremely valuable blog network that came along at a time of frantic musical chairs for science bloggers. Happy to be a charter member.

At November 23, 2012 5:58 PM, Anonymous Michelle Dawson said...

Some of us [waves hand] would never ever be asked to join any network.

Many thanks for bringing even very stray neuro or neuro-ish blogs in from the cold.

At November 24, 2012 12:21 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

I agree - great list!

At November 24, 2012 1:09 AM, Anonymous Justin said...

Thanks for the inclusion! Justin

At November 24, 2012 4:24 AM, Blogger Manchester Psychiatry Society said...

Nice piece.I hope we count! :-)

At November 24, 2012 4:47 AM, Blogger Alberto Gonzalez said...

All of the blogs you posted are great, I like pretty much yours also. I am also starting a blog involving evolution, perception, robotics and cognitive science.
If somebody whats to check it up

At November 24, 2012 7:43 AM, Blogger Carole Brooks Platt, Ph.D. said...

You could throw my into some sort of neuroaesthetic bundle if such a thing exists. Cheers, Carole

At November 24, 2012 11:21 AM, Blogger Cedar said...

I am mostly psych, but some cog neuro and neuro-babble criticism. Thanks:

At November 24, 2012 5:42 PM, Anonymous Tetyana said...

Thanks for including the Science of Eating Disorders blog, since I know we don't always blog strictly about neuroscience topics.

At November 25, 2012 1:21 AM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

Thanks for all your comments, I appreciate the feedback. I've added 4 new blogs.

At November 25, 2012 4:28 AM, Anonymous Emma said...

Brilliant - thanks for this. Keith Laws also has a great blog at

At November 25, 2012 7:18 AM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

Oh no! Thanks, Emma. I'm a regular reader, don't know how that happened.

At November 25, 2012 10:16 AM, OpenID computingforpsychologists said...

Hi - fantastic list! Might I also humbly pimp for possible inclusion? Mostly (technical stuff) related to psychology but a fair bit of fMRI/neuroscience stuff there too...

At November 27, 2012 10:45 AM, Anonymous Julian Sutter (healthshire) said...

Super happy to find this post! As we have been looking for more and more blogs to follow, sifting through the masses can be a bit painful. Although our blog efforts are barely beginning (and more focused on practice policy than the specific neurology in behavioral health) glad to be part of a community!

At November 29, 2012 12:44 AM, Blogger Knowing Neurons said...

Can you add us to your list? We are pretty new, but we'd love to contribute to honest neuroscience reporting!

At November 30, 2012 4:41 PM, Blogger Arseny Khakhalin said...

I've recently started a blog, which will be mostly about Neuroscience (and a bit about general life in science and academia):

At December 01, 2012 3:03 PM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

I've added more blogs, now the list is up to 96.

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At August 08, 2016 7:33 PM, Blogger janicetindle said... I write a lot about Dystonia. Traumatic Brain Injury, my other neurological disorders and a variety of subjects like my fathers experience with dementia and Parkinson's.


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