How to do research without losing our minds

This week it was my turn to lead the seminar of my research group, and for the occasion, I wanted to spread some light on the evidence for mental health crisis in (under)graduate education & research. I presented a paper related to the topic (see below), and I provided some tips/guides to deal with the mental…

Is there a gender imbalance in neuroscience citations?

Today at the seminar of our research grup have discussed the following paper about gender imbalance in neuroscience citations: The extent and drivers of gender imbalance in neuroscience reference lists Jordan D. Dworkin, Kristin A. Linn, Erin G. Teich, Perry Zurn, Russell T. Shinohara, and Danielle S. Bassett Nature Neuroscience volume 23, pages 918–926 (2020) – DOI: 10.1038/s41593-020-0658-y…

getBounds: a new empirical method to identify frequency boundaries in EEG data

Here’s a new paper by Mike X Cohen that I would like to share given that he brings out a topic that has recently intriguied me and gives a potential solution for it. BioRxiv (2020) – DOI: doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.09.195784. A data-driven method to identify frequency boundaries in multichannel electrophysiology data Micheal X Cohen The following tweet…

Your brain-state predicts your creativity

Today I crossed paths with this interesting paper about how we can find differences in creativity based on the resting-state of alpha-oscillations: Neuropsychologia. 2020 May;142:107456. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2020.107456. Epub 2020 Apr 10. The Dynamics of Resting-State Alpha Oscillations Predict Individual Differences in Creativity Naomi Prent, Dirk J A Smit Abstract. The neuronal mechanisms underlying creativity are poorly…

Cortical oscillations and sensory predictions

I’ve recently crossed paths with this review on cortical oscillations and sensory predictions: Trends Cog Science, 2012 Jul; 16(7):390-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.05.003. Cortical Oscillations and Sensory Predictions Luc H Arnal, Anne-Lise Giraud Abstract. Many theories of perception are anchored in the central notion that the brain continuously updates an internal model of the world to infer the…

The preregistration revolution

This week at the MRG seminar a colleague gave a talk about why, what, and how to do pre-registration in science. Before the session, he suggested us to read the following paper: PNAS March 13, 2018 115 (11) 2600-2606; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1708274114 The preregistration revolution Brian A. Nosek,  Charles R. Ebersole,  Alexander C. DeHaven, and  David…

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…

New tools for online behavioural experiments

Today’s research group meeting we’ve discussed whether we would consider changing the way we’ve been performing experiments so far and doing online experiments as a group (due to the current COVID-19 situation with no prospects to come back to the lab any soon). In general terms, some of us agreed to invest their time in…

The mega-study of timing: lab-based vs online experiments

Given the current situation with COVID-19, several people from my investigation center at the university have started to change the way they’ve been programming their experiments so far and switched from lab-based to online studies. This has brought new considerations to bear in mind, such as whether the timing of online experiments is as reliable…