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Study warns of red herrings in brain scan data

Posted on behalf of Kerri Smith <img alt=“fish fmri.jpg” src=“http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/fish%20fmri.jpg” width=“453” height=“252” hspace=10 align=right border=0 /> Well, not quite red herrings, but Atlantic salmon. Allow me to explain. Reported on the Neuroskeptic and Neurolaw blogs this week is a study that aimed to demonstrate the risks of finding false positives in brain scanning studies – correlations that aren’t really there. A group of scientists led by Craig Bennett at the University of California at Santa Barbara conducted their study with an unusual participant. From their Methods section: “Subject: One mature Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) participated in the fMRI study. The 

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