Author Archives: Gordon

Brain processes: A tale of two outcomes

Recently, I started thinking about the chances of finding that one process is involved in two separate functions. If it affects these functions completely independently and they also do not affect each other, it seems intuitive that finding both functions … Continue reading

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False-positive brain: Do you really have to correct for multiple comparisons in an analysis of variance?

If your stats class was anything like mine, you learned that using ANOVA instead of  t-tests is a sneaky way to avoid the multiple testing problem. I still believed this until very recently and a lot of my colleagues are … Continue reading

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Scaling the brain: Is it dishonest to truncate your y-axis?

So, the other day I responded to a tweet by Felix Schönbrodt. He called out a tweet by GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften that showed data on life satisfaction in Germany from 2010 to 2016 without a y-axis (below left). … Continue reading

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Deceived brain – Can twitter followers differentiate real and false memories

Currently, I am curating the German version of the Real Scientist twitter account and this is a lot of fun. At Real Scientist real scientists get to tweet about their work and benefit from the following of the account, which … Continue reading

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Continuity of self: Was the world put into place five minutes ago?

In my first ever blogpost I speculated whether uploading your brain would result in potentially eternal life. And I concluded it was possible. However, I also concluded that what we experience as our self is not as continuous as we … Continue reading

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Theseus Brain: Can you prolong your life by uploading your brain to a computer?

The idea of living forever in a digitalised form has become popular and recently even featured in the Dr. Who Christmas Special 2017. [SPOILER] An advanced civilisation kidnaps individuals at the very last second of their lives, extracts all their … Continue reading

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Is there anybody out there?

So finally I have gotten around to activating this site. It has been sitting around now for about two months and as the dust settles I just wanted to send out a quick hello in case anybody is listening. This … Continue reading

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