Serendipitous and Unexpected Results

fmri-salmon

“Neural Correlates of Interspecies Perspective Taking in the Post-Mortem Atlantic Salmon: An Argument For Proper Multiple Comparisons Correction”.

Please. Let that title sink in for a minute.

Even as a graduate student in my first semester, I’ve already read a metric butt-ton of articles (yes, that’s a scientific unit). Most of these  have been for class; some have been to beef up my knowledge for a lab rotation; and still others have been read purely out of curiosity.

Reading scientific papers is not for the faint of heart. Even for someone keenly interested in their subject, poor writing and dry content can put the reader right to sleep. That being said, it’s refreshing to find a paper that is, for a wonder, entertaining– such as that by Bennett et al. 2012. What could have been a dry treatise on the importance of using proper statistical and filtering techniques for functional imaging is instead an experiment to end all imaging experiments: running a dead fish through an fMRI. But what does a dead fish have to do with statistics?

Continue reading

Advertisements