Brain and Cognition

Reassessing public opinion of captive cetacean attractions with a photo elicitation survey
Stephen Macknik –– The expert reviewers are enthusiastic about the study.
Serotonin 5-HT1A receptor binding and self-transcendence in healthy control subjects—a replication study using Bayesian hypothesis testing
Kevin Black –– The authors do real science here, following up on an initial finding from a pilot study and reporting the outcome appropriately. That may sound obvious, but in the real world of research these days it is a delightful breath of fresh hair.
Patient-centered care interventions to reduce the inappropriate prescription and use of benzodiazepines and z-drugs: a systematic review
Paul Tulkens –– Benzodiazepines are among the most abused drugs and associated with severe but often not well recognized side effects. They also induce a marked dependence. This paper may help in better appreciating the risks of benzodiazepines and to mitigate their overuse.
Clustering of fMRI data: the elusive optimal number of clusters
Jafri Abdullah –– the number of clusters have always been debatable,
E-cigarettes versus nicotine patches for perioperative smoking cessation: a pilot randomized trial
Raymond Niaura –– There are surprisingly few studies that have compared e-cigarette type products to other methods for cigarette smoking cessation. Although the sample size is small, this study tested ENDs efficacy in a clinically relevant subgroup who are in immediate need of quitting smoking for health reasons.
Does Twitter language reliably predict heart disease? A commentary on Eichstaedt et al. (2015a)
Tjeerd Boonstra –– The article re-examines the results of an influential paper and challenges the idea that social media data analysed on a county-level may provide a reliable predictor of health outcomes. The authors raise several questions on the reliability of data and study design that need to be addressed for this field going forward.
Explanation of observational data engenders a causal belief about smoking and cancer
Claire Fletcher-Flinn –– I agree with the reviewers comments re causality.
Episodix: a serious game to detect cognitive impairment in senior adults. A psychometric study
Stephen Macknik –– This advance will potentially have significant impact in diagnosis and therapeutic tracking for mild cognitive impairment.
Walking and hypertension: greater reductions in subjects with higher baseline systolic blood pressure following six months of guided walking
Dennis Lau –– The effectiveness of increased physical activity (walking) to treat blood pressure has not been well studied to date.
Smokeless tobacco use: pattern of use, knowledge and perceptions among rural Bangladeshi adolescents
Charlie Zhang –– Solid research addressing issues faced by vulnerable populations that has international implications.
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