Monday, June 01, 2009

Nominees for the 2009 3QD Prize in Science

3 Quarks Daily 2009 Science Prize: Vote Here

For details of the prize you can look at the announcement here, and to read the nominated posts you can go here for a complete list with links. Voting ends at midnight on June 8, 2009.

Four posts from The Neurocritic were nominated:
  1. The Neurocritic: Intersex (for lack of a better word)...
  2. The Neurocritic: Mirror Neurons Control Hard-ons?
  3. The Neurocritic: The Neurology of Twitter
  4. The Neurocritic: Voodoo Correlations in Social Neuroscience

Which one do you like best, dear readers? Please reply in the comments and vote online at 3QD. Of these, Voodoo Correlations in Social Neuroscience is currently in the lead with a grand total of 2 5 9 18 votes [I know, very sad] so why not you cast your vote for that entry? Any and all votes will be greatly appreciated! [but you can only vote once, so make it count.]

The voodoo post was one of many to highlight the controversial paper by Ed Vul and colleagues, since renamed "Puzzlingly High Correlations in fMRI Studies of Emotion, Personality, and Social Cognition" (PDF). The authors questioned the implausibly high correlations observed in some fMRI studies in the field of Social Neuroscience. A new look at the analytic methods revealed that over half of the sampled papers used faulty techniques to obtain their results. The authors' early online release of the accepted manuscript, combined with spirited debate in the blogosphere, caused many to praise (and damn) the role of blogs in discussing and critiquing peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Posts from other psych/neurobloggers were nominated as well, including entries from A Blog Around the Clock, Bioephemera, Cognitive Daily, Neurophilosophy, and Neurotopia. All excellent blogs.

Here, however, I would like to highlight three entries from blogs outside the ScienceBorg:

World of Psychology: Top Ten Online Psychology Experiments

NeuroWhoa!: Believer Brains Different from Non-Believer Brains?

The Mousetrap: Major conscious and unconscious processes in the brain: part 4: the easy problem of A-consciousness

More on the contest from 3QD:
Results of the voting round (the top twenty most voted for posts) will be posted on the main page on June 8, 2009. Winners of the contest, as decided by Steven Pinker, will be announced on June 21, 2009.
Let's conclude with an excerpt from The Neurology of Twitter:
So why don't we do an experiment to see exactly what happens to the brain while reading Twitter streams in real time? The purpose and the methods of the study are summarized below.

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At June 02, 2009 9:36 AM, Blogger Kitsune said...

voodoo correlations

At June 02, 2009 9:55 AM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

Thanks, Karl.

At June 08, 2009 3:36 AM, Blogger sandygautam said...

hi Neurocritic, thanks for drawing attention to the mouse trap post. hope your vodoo correlations post makes it to the list!

At June 08, 2009 9:58 AM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

No such luck, Sandy. I never had a chance...

The 20 Semifinalists for the 3QD Science Prize 2009 have been announced. Congratulations to the top vote-getters.


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