Published By David DiSalvo in

Science, Technology and the cultural ripples of both.


460px-EEG_mit_32_Electroden-230x300In an earlier post I discussed ten of the top brain science and psychology stories from 2012. In this one, I’m focusing on what I think are some of the biggest challenges facing the field in 2013 and years to come.

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1. Figure out what fMRI can truly tell us about our brains. 

This debate has been simmering for more than a few years now, and yet the studies claiming “definitive evidence” based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans keep rolling out. We need a pause and reflect moment. There’s little question fMRI is valuable, but too many disparate forces are out there spinning brain scans in too many ways. Perhaps one solution, or start of a solution, is a summit hosted by a credible, well-respected institute or organization to gather the best of the best minds in the field to establish a game plan moving forward.

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