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…

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….

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…

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….

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…

Hyperscanning: EEG recordings from multiple brains!

Today I joined the talk “Hyperscanning – EEG recordings from multiple subjects” by Slobodan Tanackovic, g.tec medical engineering GmbH (HK) from the BCI & NEUROTECHNOLOGY SPRING SCHOOL 2020. The idea behind hyperscanning is relies on measuring the activity of multiple brains simultanenously while social interacting or performing the same task. One of the main adavantages…

Personalization of brain modulation

There’s plenty to do this week in neuroscientific events. There are several conferences going and together with webinars and seminars. Scientific divulgation does not stop! Today I joined the following session from the NYC Neuromodulation 2020 Online Conference: “Utilizing Network Imaging to Personalizing and Optimizing Neuromodulation in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience.” Starts: Wednesday, April 22nd 2020 |…

Audiovisual synergies can influence our perception

Imagine you’re in a life concert of one of your favourite bands and suddenly what you see doesn’t correspond to what your hear. They just started doing playback! Can you belive that? When the sound isn’t in time with what you’re seeing it might take a while before you notice. But once you do, it’s…

Orienting to sensory stimuli in real-world situations

When looking at sensory studies you can see that most of the lab-based experiments tend to study modality-specific stimuli (e.g., visual, auditory, tactile…). However, if one examines real-world situations from a phenomenological point of view it seems that the world is not divided into modalities like the audition, vision, touch, smell… but as a unit….

Can our brain form false memories?

I keep working on to disseminate knowledge about neuroscience during these special times. Today I assisted the first “One World Cognitive Psychology Seminar”, a weekly online seminar in Zoom featuring a presentation by a stellar cognitive psychologist followed by a discussion open to anyone around the world. The seminar time is Tuesdays 17:15 – 18:45 Central European…