Assorted Links

These final assorted links were found in draft mode. – Amy

  • Postdoc leaves academia (fMRI emotion research). “I actually ran into that process in three different labs, two of which were at TopUniversityA with PIs who I highly revered and respected. It’s just how it goes in those fields…remove all of the negative results, don’t actually report the ridiculous number of fishing expeditions you went on (especially in fMRI research), make it sound like you mostly knew what you were going to find in the first place, make it a nice clean story. When my colleagues (from a well-known, well-respected emotion research lab) were trying to talk me into removing all of the negative results and altering what my original hypothesis was, literally saying “everyone does it…” that was it for me. I had a sinking feeling that everyone did do it that way and that I couldn’t trust the majority of work I had to depend on/reference myself. The level of denial in psychology and human neuroimaging research that this process just clogs the system with useless BS is something I just can’t stomach.” Devastating criticism — especially finding the same thing in three different labs. I believe nothing involving fMRI and psychology. My friend Hal Pashler wrote about this. At UC Berkeley, the fMRI machine used by psychology researchers malfunctioned for years. Nobody noticed. Only when someone from UC Davis got different results at Berkeley was the problem detected.
  • interview with me about the Shangri-La Diet. The questions do a good job of making the mechanism clear.
  • Little or no benefit of antidepressants when children are asked

Thanks to Nile McAdams and Alex Chernavsky.

3 Responses to “Assorted Links”

  1. gwern Says:

    BTW, I finished my randomized experiment investigating Seth Roberts’s claim that using a walking treadmill helped his spaced repetition scores. I found that it did not help, but it hurt: http://www.gwern.net/Treadmill#treadmill-effect-on-spaced-repetition-performance-randomized-experiment

    > Little or no benefit of antidepressants when children are asked

    Fulltext: https://pdf.yt/d/ip9cxFsWLNiTpgmo / https://www.dropbox.com/s/d0k4gz0sj6a28yg/2014-spielmans.pdf

    I was under the impression that the depressed are poor at noticing improvements even other people notice in them, so I’m not sure whether this shows anything.

  2. Laura Says:

    Thank you so much for posting these. The interview is great. I really miss Seth’s blogging.

  3. JP Says:

    Thank you SO much for keeping Seth’s blog up and running. His year’s of posting are a treasure trove of insight and research that I refer to often.

    If it’s not too much trouble, could you give us some notice if you ever decide to take it down?