The unbearable brightness of being a functional magnetic imaging brain scan

For more than several years, I've observed the following phenomenon. It needs a good name (and greater opprobrium).

This is mostly nonsense. What it does say is that some brain functions are highly localized. However, other functions are not localized and won't show up on scans. That some well-described function is not apparent in a scan does not imply anything about the veracity of the theory of the function. Somehow, the visual concreteness of the scan shortcircuits any critical thinking faculty in the reader. I'd wager that because scans in color are fancier, they are given greater evidentiary weight.

This has been studied. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2778755/

Author: Steven Bagley

Created: 2017-06-02 Fri 19:09