This study about what happens when you put a dead Atlantic Salmon into an fMRI machine is funny and potentially important, I think. The potential for "false positives" is high, and the authors talk about the "corrections" that need to be made in the data, but often aren't. The clever folks over at Mind Hacks share this concern.
So the next time one of our students excitedly brings in an article about fMRI results, it might be a great teachable moment about how to think critically about research!
posted by Rob McEntarffer