Communicating at the speed of thought

Your humble hosts, Tom and Vaughan, have written an article for Trends in Cognitive Sciences about how social media is changing mind and brain research.

The piece is both a brief introduction to blogs and Twitter, as well as an overview of how scientific debate happens online and how it is affecting the traditional approach to cognitive science.

Although we focus on cognitive science, it actually applies to science and science communication in general:

Fundamentally, there are important similarities between principles of traditional scientific culture and on-line culture: both prioritise access to information, citation (whether to journals or via links to other online sources), and kudos for whoever does good work. Academia aspires to openness, engagement, and respect for the principles of rational discussion. Social media facilitate these. The online community is free-flowing, somewhat chaotic, and information-rich – much the same as science has ever been.

In the same spirit, Trends in Cognitive Sciences have made the article freely available online, so you can read it at the link below.

Link to ‘Brain network: social media and the cognitive scientist’.

One Comment

  1. Posted August 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Some argue that the published journal format is dying. It would be better for the flow of information if peer review and scrutiny were still realistic outside of the format. I also noticed an ongoing debate on whether scientific writing can be legitimate if it uses “simple” language. From what I’ve seen, the best scientists can explain most concepts using any level of discourse. I’d rather read a real botanist like Phytopractor rant about stuff on his blog than a non-trained journalist who tries to interpret botany journals and reduce it down to popular reading.

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