Question about your life. Introduction to a thematically related tragedy. Promise of hope.
Over-simplified premise. Mention of a brain part and an inadequately explained technology in the same sentence.
Dramatic claim of a breakthrough.
Researcher and affiliation. Description of motivation related to a minor personal detail.
Overly-technical account of experiment.
Allusion to a controversy.
Quote from the researcher. Quote from another researcher.
Caution about over-interpretation. Over-interpretation. Mention of future work.
Genuinely insightful point.
Earnest but misleading conclusion. Optimistic ending.
With apologies to an old kuro5hin post.
21 thoughts on “Dramatically titled neuroscience story”
This is so rad!
The is usually a “why” in the title.
Genrally supportive comment mentioning overlooked work of another researcher that lends weight to the contrary and questions the statistical tools used for interpretation.
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Angry comment based on how ‘not everything can be explained through science, you know’ 🙂
I agree with you completely. This right here is the syntax of most science articles and blogs everywhere on the Internet. When you are previously familiar (by reading primary sources) of the basic science behind some of these articles you cringe with pain, head desk and then move on.
I always wonder do they teach this in their journalism courses in school or are they copying prior culprits who also had deadlines to meet and get paid by the article?
Comment about how a slight misinterpretation of the finding explains some mundane detail of personal life. Question that’s actually an opportunity to brag about self?
Wickedly funny! Sir, you have nailed this one!
Pseudo-philosophical remark. Rhetorical question?
Impenetrable wall-of-text from a long-time lurker that awkwardly comes out in the open for the first time in years, compliments, LOLs
and then links to a wickedly funny video on exactly the same theme!
The “Generic Award-Winning Movie” trailer on
Out of place overly formal salutations
Critical comment pointing out flaws in study. Mention of “voodoo correlations” and “dead salmon”. Suggestion that all fMRI research and indeed neuroscience is flawed.
The Chicago playwright Greg Allen wrote a short play called “Title” which cleverly uses this theme. The play appears in the book “100 Neo-Futurist Plays” and can be found on Google Books here:
Comment totally missing the point, and somehow bringing Ron Paul into it.
Complaint about incorrectly uses of grammar.
‘Dramatically titled neuroscience story’. Do they have any substance to them ? No, of course not, when typically written to this ‘story formula’ ! ‘Overly technical’ is meant to create perception of science and contrived analogy makes it ‘understandable’ to general masses. Its exactly as written and as filed.
*eyeroll* Snark that the “discovery” is actually 20 years old, and that the *real* original breakthrough was overlooked and discounted as a crackpot. Sour grapes. Smug allusion to some new age or “eastern” practice that is centuries old.
Study on midbrain areas suggesting motivational, emotional and activation dysregulation. Uses animals to prove this point. Overgeneralization. Neglect of envirnmental factors. Begging the question: False causality or ipso facto a priori about the world at large influencing evolutionary morphologies. Suggestion that health policies should be changed. Rallying cry for more research of this sort.
Excessively religious comment claiming author is trying to know the mind of “God”, riddled with misspellings and hell damnations.
Briliant! I laughed out loud, but at the same time I feel remorse because this is a quite actual account of what my university taught me in ‘writing an academic article’ class, and back then I did little to prevent this swagger type of thinking to settle down in my head.
Angry refutation based on a single personal experience
Correlation does not imply causation!
Also, a statement here that follows Godwin’s Law.