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The first part of my cognitive sciences studies had me learn a huge
amount of information and theories about the structures of mental
functions. What my mind was curious about is the role of complexity of
networks neurons create each other, in particular considering:

  • the specific function of every single cell
  • the pathways bio-electric signals run;
  • the intricate neuronal stimulation-inhibition process through time;
  • the idea of thinking being the result of the synchrony of mental activity.

I can not find any study about it through the web. There is the
possibility that this is a well-known theory I am about to study the
soonest tomorrow, but I am doubtful this approach has ever been thought
of.

My central idea is simple. Linking the basic concepts of
neuronal structure (anatomy), activity (physiology) with more
philosophical ideas about mind, it is obvious that something in between
the chain of processes from the molecules to the high cognitive
processes is missing. I, from my low and uncultured position, think
time has the key role in all this chain.

For I have not enough
time to explain my ideas the best way, I postpone a more exhaustive
explanation to a proper occasion, hoping you would be interested again!

Publish and be wrong

One group of researchers thinks headline-grabbing scientific reports are the most likely to turn out to be wrong


Oct 9th 2008
From The Economist print edition

IN ECONOMIC theory the winner’s curse refers to the idea that someone who places the winning bid in an auction may have paid too much. Consider, for example, bids to develop an oil field. Most of the offers are likely to cluster around the true value of the resource, so the highest bidder probably paid too much.

The same thing may be happening in scientific publishing, according to a new analysis. With so many scientific papers chasing so few pages in the most prestigious journals, the winners could be the ones most likely to oversell themselves—to trumpet dramatic or important results that later turn out to be false. This would produce a distorted picture of scientific knowledge, with less dramatic (but more accurate) results either relegated to obscure journals or left unpublished.

In Public Library of Science (PloS) Medicine, an online journal, John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at Ioannina School of Medicine, Greece, and his colleagues, suggest that a variety of economic conditions, such as oligopolies, artificial scarcities and the winner’s curse, may have analogies in scientific publishing.

Dr Ioannidis made a splash three years ago by arguing, quite convincingly, that most published scientific research is wrong. Now, along with Neal Young of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland and Omar Al-Ubaydli, an economist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, he suggests why.

It starts with the nuts and bolts of scientific publishing. Hundreds of thousands of scientific researchers are hired, promoted and funded according not only to how much work they produce, but also to where it gets published. For many, the ultimate accolade is to appear in a journal like Nature or Science. Such publications boast that they are very selective, turning down the vast majority of papers that are submitted to them.

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Hello Everyone!

Hallo Everyone!

Welcome to my new web experiment. This is a wordpress-based web site i will use to collect information, articles, resources and whatever more I will find useful for my studies and my future career in psychology.

I am trying this stuff for I have notice it weeks ago and I wondered how it could offer me something interesting.

This is not for me to create a sort of psychology site (there are too many of them around the web) but to have a tool I can have access to everywhen I need it. I intend to fill it with interesting stuff that can be found on internet, magazines, academic material and so on.

I have a desire to create a good reference for my (and yours, if you are interested) researches through internet sites and web articles. I cannot manage to take written articles on this site for my own time denies me so (and I think law also does!).

Nevertheless, feel free to join my personal work and to upgrade it with everything that can belong to the contents.

Finally, I decided to run this site in english language for more than one reason. First of all, I egoistically need to experience my english usage! 🙂 Second, I want everyone who discovers this place to understand the stuff in it whichever language he/she speaks. Third and last, english is a necessary tool in my future career and for everyone who follows scientific studies; because of this, I feel coherent using it.

Moreover, I ask everyone not to judge the way I will collect articles and so on, for I am going to test this device and its possibilities, and I am sure in the next weeks there will be a lot of mess here. I will try to tidy up when I have clearer ideas! 😉

In conclusion, I hope you people will enjoy this thing and consider the idea of becoming part of this experiment. Stylistic ideas are also accepted!

Read you soon! 😉

Zampetta