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

Is there really a replication crisis in science? And is there really a problem with the reliability and validity of the published literature?

A tiny post here (30 words) linking to another blog on problems with the published scientific literature attracted lots of hits – and left me wondering about the vexed issue of replication and reproducibility (these are not the same things) in science, and what these things mean for the working scientist. I should clarify that there is a certainly a… Read More

Guest Post: Memories of Soviet Neuropsychology During the Great Terror – Susanna Blumenshtein and Bluma Zeigarnik

I previously wrote a short piece on Bluma Zeigarnik, the Zeigarnik Effect and Memories from the Great Terror which also mentioned Susanna Blumenshtein, a Russian neuropsychologist, and very brave friend of Bluma Zeigarnik. I mentioned I didn’t speak Russian – but happily my friend @laurenceknell does. Laurie did some digging around, and found a Russian Wiki page, and has translated it below:… Read More

Lots of thinking on consciousness and what it’s about around at the moment: some comments and links

There’s lots of interesting work around on the psychology, neuroscience and philosophy of consciousness at the moment, including issues to do with volition and free will. I sometimes make the observation to my students when we discuss consciousness and the brain that ‘our consciousness is at the centre of almost all that matters to us as humans,… Read More

Doing a TEDx talk – some thoughts

So, I did a TEDx talk. Extraordinary enough to be asked, and humbling too (thanks Science Gallery folk!). Nerve-wracking also. There is a peculiar nakedness to a TEDx talk. You stand on the red spot – you shouldn’t move around much (at least the online instructions tell you not to). No rostrum to hide behind –… Read More