Getting artsy with graphical abstracts for scientific journals

Scientific journals are trying to make their papers more appealing by creating a whole spectrum of research summaries including graphical abstracts, video abstracts, and plain language summaries. Here, I will focus on graphical abstracts since I’m about to design one for my very first paper published. I’ve been looking for examples of graphical abstracts on…

Toward explaining the universe from dots and lines?

If you haven’t heart about Stephen Wolfram, he is a very well-known programmer and mathematician who created Wolfram Alpha (a website that gives a spectrum of answers to questions by using algorithms and a huge database of information) and Mathematica (a computation system used by scientists the world over). I would strongly suggest you watch…

The importance of spontaneous brain activity

Our brain reminds me of New York City: a place that never sleeps. There’s always something going on in our brains even when we are asleep or not paying attention. I invite you to watch the 5.min lesson on “How spontaneous brain activity keeps you alive” by Nathan S. Jacobs to know more about this topic….

Oral communication for scientific research

I would like to share the series of seminar videos from one of the courses at my University called “Oral communication for scientific research“. How can we better explain what we do as scientists? How we can transmit the core message of what we are doing in our labs? What is the best way to…

Can our emotions shape our perceptions?

In the online Buddhism and Modern Psychology course I’m currently enrolled, they mentioned this research paper on how emotions can shape our perceptions: Perception. 2012;41(12):1535-9. Alligator or squirrel: musically induced fear reveals threat in ambiguous figures. Prinz J, Seidel A. Abstract. Extant evidence has shown that fear can influence what we see. Fear can exaggerate threatening visual…

Enjoying neuroscience’s research from home

c0 lDo you wanna watch talks and seminars about neuroscience from home? Is that a yes? That’s great! Because World Wide Neuro is collecting in a unique place many of the talks and seminars that are happening around the world. Here’s their own description about what’s WWN and how it works: This is a new…

The meaningfulness of effect sizes in the social and behavioural sciences

Today I jointd the seminar on “The meaningfulness of effect sizes in the social and behavioural sciences in light of the reproducibility crisis” given by Thomas Schäfer, a Professor for Quantitative Research Methods at MSB Medical School Berlin. Here’s the abstract of the seminar: ABSTRACT: Effect sizes are the currency of the social and behavioral sciences….

Free maths/stats/ML books at Springer’s library

Yesterday Mikhail Popov wrote the following tweet: "An Introduction to Statistical Learning", "All of Statistics", and many other maths/stats/ML books are currently free as part of Springer's "Free Textbooks and Library Link special issue during Covid 19" https://t.co/fvcyoa5vDK pic.twitter.com/zGGBkpBedy — Mikhail Popov (@bearloga) April 27, 2020 Great news, don’t you think? Two of the most…

Can neuroscience help us understand art?

Neuroaesthetics is a term that has been invented to refer to the project of studying art using the methods of neuroscience, and over the years has become a hot research field. It is not unusual for scientists and theorists of art to collaborate on papers that find their way into top scientific journals. But, how these two disciplines…

Can we trick our brains to like doing hard tasks?

I’ve recently crossed paths with this insightful YouTube video on “How I trick my brain to like doing hard things (dopamine detox)“. Here are some questions the video starts asking: Why are some people more motivated to tackle difficult things? And is there a way to make doing difficult things, easy?   If you watch…