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  • December 16, 2011
  • 10:47 PM

Daily Mail misunderstand and misconstrue cannabis-schizophrenia research

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A study in to how the tabloids can misrepresent academic research.... Read more »

Kucewicz MT, Tricklebank MD, Bogacz R, & Jones MW. (2011) Dysfunctional prefrontal cortical network activity and interactions following cannabinoid receptor activation. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 31(43), 15560-8. PMID: 22031901  

  • December 27, 2010
  • 11:51 PM

Meme Theory Today (NSFW)

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A look at how meme theory can explain the wide spread misquotation of it's own "inventor" Richard Dawkins.... Read more »

  • March 8, 2011
  • 11:09 PM

Public Service Announcement: Drugs Misinformation Kills

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Today I took a tough... Read more »

Halpern JH, Sherwood AR, Hudson JI, Gruber S, Kozin D, & Pope HG Jr. (2011) Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106(4), 777-86. PMID: 21205042  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

2011: The Year in Drugs Deaths and data fraud

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A look at the biggest drugs news stories of the year and a statistical analysis of drugs deaths this year.... Read more »

Measham,F. Moore, K. Østergaard, J. (2011) Mephedrone, ‘‘Bubble’’ and unidentified white powders: the contested identities of synthetic ‘‘legal highs". DRUGS AND ALCOHOL TODAY, 137-146. info:/

Editorial team. (2010) The EMCDDA annual report 2010: the state of the drugs problem in Europe. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, also published in Euro surveillance :European communicable disease bulletin, 15(46). PMID: 21144426  

  • May 9, 2011
  • 06:52 PM

US Trained Crows to Hunt Bin Laden

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

True story.... Read more »

Marzluff, J., Walls, J., Cornell, H., Withey, J., & Craig, D. (2010) Lasting recognition of threatening people by wild American crows. Animal Behaviour, 79(3), 699-707. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.12.022  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Is this journal for real?

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

This year 134 suspect new journals have appeared from the abyss, all published by the same clandestine company “Scientific & Academic Publishing, USA“... Read more »

Morrison, Heather. (2012) Scholarly Communication in Crisis. Freedom for scholarship in the internet age. Simon Fraser University School of Communication. info:/

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Copyright vs Medicine: If this topic isn’t covered in your newspaper this weekend, get a new newspaper

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

After thirty years of silence, authors of a standard clinical psychiatric bedside test have issued take down orders of new medical research. Doctors who use copies of the bedside test which will have been printed in some of their oldest medical textbooks are liable to be sued for up to $150,000.... Read more »

Newman, J., & Feldman, R. (2011) Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside. New England Journal of Medicine, 365(26), 2447-2449. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1110652  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Cannabis law has no effect on cannabis use

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction confirms that prohibition does not appear to effect levels of cannabis use in any way... Read more »

The european monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction. (2011) The state of the drugs problem in Europe . Annual Report. info:/

  • December 26, 2010
  • 11:03 PM

England, Prepare to be Brainwashed

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A review of a study on the correlation between FOX news consumption and levels of misinformation in light of news that the owner of FOX news is planning to by the SKY news agency in the UK.... Read more »

CLAY RAMSAY, STEVEN KULL, EVAN LEWIS, & STEFAN SUBIA. (2010) Misinformation and the 2010 Election. WORLDPUBLICOPINION.ORG. info:/

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

How to construct a bogus survey

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Statistics are often used by newspapers as the basis for a story. People are far more likely to agree with you if you tell them that they are on the side of the majority. This is why bogus statistics are so effective in moralising comment pieces. It’s a lot easier to say, “hey, most people agree with us” than convince someone with facts. By bogus, I don’t mean data fabrication (though that happens too), I mean rigging the questions to get the answers you want. Here&rsquo........ Read more »

Tajfel, H., . (1986) Psychology of intergroup relations , 7-24. info:/

  • April 10, 2011
  • 08:01 PM

Throwing babies at wind-shields and kissing petrol pumps

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

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Gilliam CM, Diefenbach GJ, Whiting SE, & Tolin DF. (2010) Stepped care for obsessive-compulsive disorder: An open trial. Behaviour research and therapy, 48(11), 1144-9. PMID: 20728075  

  • May 7, 2011
  • 05:14 PM

Rise of the Rat Brained Robots

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Kevin Warwick and his team at Reading University have successfully created a robot controlled directly by a rat's brain.... Read more »

Warwick, K., Xydas, D., Nasuto, S. J., Becerra, V. M., Hammond, M. W., Downes, J., Marshall, S., & Whalley, B . Defence Science, 60. (2010) Controlling a mobile robot with a biological brain. Defence Science, 60(1), 5-14. info:/

  • November 1, 2011
  • 05:49 AM

Trip or Treat?

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Experience a hallucination without psychedelics... Read more »

Caputo GB. (2010) Strange-face-in-the-mirror illusion. Perception, 39(7), 1007-8. PMID: 20842976  

  • March 14, 2011
  • 09:40 PM

Bad Science: Idiots and Ecstasy

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

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Halpern JH, Sherwood AR, Hudson JI, Gruber S, Kozin D, & Pope HG Jr. (2011) Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106(4), 777-86. PMID: 21205042  

Insel TR, Battaglia G, Johannessen JN, Marra S, & De Souza EB. (1989) 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("ecstasy") selectively destroys brain serotonin terminals in rhesus monkeys. The Journal of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, 249(3), 713-20. PMID: 2471824  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Synthesising Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

The paper describes how “in the past most stores were able to sell pseudoephedrine”, the US’s most popular decongestant but new laws require pharmacies, often with restricted opening hours to sell the medicine only to those carrying government issued ID. The paper argues that “it would be of great interest to have a simple synthesis of pseudoephedrine from reagents which can be more readily procured”. The study is published in the splendidly titled Journal of Apocry........ Read more »

Hai, O. Hakkenshit, I.B. (2012) A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine. Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry, 213-21. info:/1F.1BC9/b00000F00A

  • April 17, 2011
  • 01:11 PM

Calculating the value of a year of human life in $US

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

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Tengs, T., Adams, M., Pliskin, J., Safran, D., Siegel, J., Weinstein, M., & Graham, J. (1995) Five-Hundred Life-Saving Interventions and Their Cost-Effectiveness. Risk Analysis, 15(3), 369-390. DOI: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.1995.tb00330.x  

Mohammadi, & Sadeghian. (2011) iFAST: An Intelligent Fire-Threat Assessment and Size-up Technology for First Responders. Proceedings of IEEE Symposium Series in Computational Intelligence. info:/

  • February 17, 2012
  • 11:46 AM

A Scientist’s Worst Nightmare

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A detailed analysis of a new infographic dealing with the issue of falsification in scientific research.... Read more »

  • December 30, 2010
  • 02:28 PM

Playing with Google “Experiments”

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

I’ve just been playing with... Read more »

Michel JB, Shen YK, Aiden AP, Veres A, Gray MK, The Google Books Team, Pickett JP, Hoiberg D, Clancy D, Norvig P.... (2010) Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books. Science (New York, N.Y.). PMID: 21163965  

  • May 30, 2011
  • 08:09 PM

Study Demonstrates False Memories Implanted Via Advertising

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A study builds false memories of experience tasting popcorn using advertising. Methodology, questionable.... Read more »

Rajagopal, Priyali and Montgomery, Nicole Votolato,. (2011) I Imagine I Experience, I Like: The False Experience Effect . The Journal of Consumer Research. info:/

  • May 29, 2012
  • 01:37 PM

About time for a paradigm shift?

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

The line below is taken from my undergrad revision notes, it is the same conclusion reached in a profile of Thomas Kuhn posted yesterday on the Scientific American blog.

“Kuhn described what science tends to be, Popper described what it ought to be”... Read more »

Horgan, J. (2012) What Thomas Kuhn Really Thought about Scientific “Truth”. Scientific American. info:/

Yong E. (2012) Replication studies: Bad copy. Nature, 485(7398), 298-300. PMID: 22596136  

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