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In most MR console rooms, there is a sign warning that “the magnet is always on.” This is meant to remind you to check yourself for any ferrous metal you may have on you — like a pair of scissors – that could be turned into a dangerous missile by the giant magnet we use to take pictures of your brain. “Always on” is also a pretty good description of life as a cognitive neuroscientist.

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  • January 7, 2013
  • 08:00 AM

A Story Behind A Paper - Part I

by J Zevin in The Magnet is Always On

We can't go around knocking out genes to see what effects they have in people, or raising children in caves to find out at what age they irreversibly lose the ability to learn language, but cognitive neuroscience uses non-invasive imaging techniques that show us patterns of brain activityrelated to particular behaviors or states. That seemed pretty awesome, and I wanted in...... Read more »

  • December 10, 2012
  • 07:55 AM

Implied audience in high-profile psychology papers: Beyond the “nice lady on the subway.”

by J Zevin in The Magnet is Always On

Perhaps the most serious problem with the “nice lady on the subway” as implied audience for scientific communication is that it contributes to an environment in which over-interpretation of results is essentially standard. By accepting the assumption that the concepts we’re working with should be familiar and accessible to everyone, we invite the misapprehension that our results can speak directly to the kinds of questions ordinary people have about how their minds work. We can do better t........ Read more »

  • November 12, 2012
  • 10:37 AM

If America’s Boyfriend were a Cognitive Neuroscientist…

by J Zevin in The Magnet is Always On

Ontologies of cognitive tasks are anthropological facts about cognitive neuroscientists, and the conditions under which we observe the brain. ... Read more »

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