Yes, doctors know what they’re talking about: Refuting a common anti-vaccine argument.

Originally posted on Violent metaphors:
“Hieronymus Bosch 053” by Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450–1516) Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hieronymus_Bosch_053.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Hieronymus_Bosch_053.jpg I usually don’t respond to many comments on my blog, preferring instead to encourage conversation between readers. I also don’t typically close comments on any of my pieces, so conversations and reactions continue for…

A great piece on a new biography of Pavlov (with some updates, including PIT)

Here is a great piece on Pavlov – in the New Yorker – a review of a new biography by Daniel Todes, who also has an article/22 piece listicle on Pavlov on the OUP blog which is well worth reading. Among many nuggets, Pavlov seemingly characterised his own foul temper tantrums as “spontaneous morbid paroxysms”; didn’t a get a tenured position… Read More

The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download

The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download via The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download. The Debunking Handbook, a guide to debunking misinformation, is now freely available to download. Although there is a great deal of psychological research on misinformation, there’s no summary of the literature that offers practical guidelines on the most effective ways of… Read More

Director’s Update: Simple, flexible funding

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
Having listened to our grantholders, colleagues at the Wellcome Trust and others in the UK and international research communities, Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar now introduces a new way of understanding the Trust’s funding framework. At our best, funders of medical research provide support that brings the right people…

“The Hippocampus in Health and Disease” Symposium in UCC, Dec 15th

In recognition of the enormous contributions of Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe to neuroscience a symposium entitled “The Hippocampus in Health and Disease” will take place on Monday 15th December. Professor O’Keefe who has been jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will deliver a lecture entitled ‘The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map:… Read More

Call for Neuroscience Ireland Travel Bursaries

Originally posted on Neuroscience Ireland:
The 2nd call of 2014  for Neuroscience Ireland Travel Bursaries is now open.  The deadline for this call is 30th November 2014.  These bursaries are awarded to post-graduate and post- doctoral members of NI whose work has been accepted for presentation at an international conference. These bursaries are valued at €300 each and there are three grants available.  Eligible…

6 ideas from creative thinkers to shake up your work routine

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:
To improve your ability to think creatively, try one of these changes to your work routine. Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister (TED Talk: The power of time off) closes his New York design studio for a year-long sabbatical. During each sabbatical, he pursues “little experiments, things that are always difficult to…