Left–right asymmetry of the human brain is one of its cardinal features, and also a complex, multivariate trait. Over the last four years, the ENIGMA‐Laterality Working Group has published six studie...
Elisabeth Bik quit her job to spot errors in research papers — and has become the public face of image sleuthing.
Simon E. FisherNice profile of eagle-eyed image sleuth Elisabeth Bik, covering the invaluable contributions she is making to research integrity across multiple fields. If you don't already, follow her @MicrobiomDigest
Neuralink chief says firm planning to connect device to human brain within 12 months
Simon E. FisherLike many working in this vibrant field, I'm always pleased when the science of human language gets serious media attention, & excited to see the news about [checks notes] random podcast speculations from language researcher [checks notes again] Elon Musk.
Despite evidence that deleterious variants in the same genes are implicated across
multiple neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, there has been considerable
interest in identifying genes that, when mutated, confer risk that is largely...
Four ways to help those around you be better informed about the pandemic
Simon E. FisherIn the age of COVID-19 all of us have become science communicators, argues @LizNeeley. In this thoughtful & compassionate article, she offers valuable guidance on how we can most effectively seek out & share information in challenging times
This Perspective article discusses the problem that as antiscience movements grow and gain ascendancy, it may increasingly fall to the scientists to mount a defense or lead a response; however, many universities discourage scientists from speaking...
The U.S. may end up with the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out.
Simon E. FisherIn 2018 @edyong209 wrote a brilliant & disturbing article for @TheAtlantic arguing that the world was not adequately preparing for a global pandemic that would inevitably face us. His powerful new piece reflects on how we got here & where we are heading
Fast Science is bad for scientists and bad for science. Slow Science may actually
help us to make faster progress, but how can we slow down? Here, I offer preliminary
suggestions for how we can transition to a healthier and more sustainable...
Simon E. FisherAs we #FlattenTheCurve for #COVID19, scientists from many disciplines will be locked out of labs, unable to run their research. Pushing the pause button is tough but maybe some solace in @utafrith's persuasive article on the untapped power of slow science
For the first time, Nancy Wexler reveals that she has inherited the disease she has spent her life studying.
Simon E. FisherExtraordinary and moving article on Nancy Wexler's ground-breaking research into Huntington's, and why she has decided to publicly acknowledge that she has herself inherited the disease.
To what extent does the perception of speech and music depend on different mechanisms in the human brain? What is the anatomical basis underlying this specialization? Albouy et al. created a corpus of a cappella songs that contain both speech...
The long read: For decades it has been the dominant metaphor in neuroscience. But could this idea have been leading us astray all along?
Simon E. Fisher"Viewing the brain as a computer that passively responds to inputs & processes data, we forget it's an active organ, part of a body that intervenes in the world, with an evolutionary past that shaped its structure & function." Fab article by @matthewcobb
The concept of autism is a significant contribution from child psychiatry that has entered wider culture and public consciousness, and has evolved significantly over the last four decades. Taking a r...
Many of the words used by scientists when reviewing manuscripts, job candidates and grant applications – words such as incremental, novelty, mechanism, descriptive and impact – have lost their meaning.
Brain lateralization is commonly interpreted as crucial for human brain function and cognition. However, as comparative studies among primates are rare, it is not known which aspects of lateralization are really uniquely human. Here, we quantify...