Brain and Cognition

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Does Twitter language reliably predict heart disease? A commentary on Eichstaedt et al. (2015a)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

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.
Parvalbumin expression and gamma oscillation occurrence increase over time in a neurodevelopmental model of NMDA receptor dysfunction

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Maria Concetta Geloso –– The article provides new experimental tools to explore alterations of neurotransmission which are frequently involved in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases.
Explanation of observational data engenders a causal belief about smoking and cancer

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Claire Fletcher-Flinn –– I agree with the reviewers comments re causality.
A short, robust brain activation control task optimised for pharmacological fMRI studies

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Kevin Black –– The authors provide a simple set of tasks that, collectively, activate a large fraction of brain regions in BOLD fMRI. They further provide the code and their analysis results, to facilitate adoption of these tasks.
Episodix: a serious game to detect cognitive impairment in senior adults. A psychometric study

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Stephen Macknik –– This advance will potentially have significant impact in diagnosis and therapeutic tracking for mild cognitive impairment.
The influence of residual force enhancement on spinal and supraspinal excitability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tjeerd Boonstra –– The paper further enhances our understanding of muscle mechanics and muscular contraction
A computer-based avatar task designed to assess behavioral inhibition extends to behavioral avoidance but not cognitive avoidance

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jafri Abdullah –– Methodology looks interesting and reproducible
The voluntary control of piloerection

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Tjeerd Boonstra –– This article identifies general characteristics of voluntary piloerection for the first time and as such fills a gap in our knowledge.
Illusory resizing of the painful knee is analgesic in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Stephen Macknik –– The use of illusory size changes to body parts—as an analgesic method—is amazing and new. The public will take notice.
Assessing metacognitive beliefs about worry: validation of German versions of the Why Worry Scale II and the Consequences of Worry Scale

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Antonio Palazón-Bru –– A scientific evidence to use the German version of the analyzed questionnaire.

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Commentary on study by @JEichstaedt on predicting heart disease from Twitter data now online at @thePeerJ https://t.co/yUcaYb5U3A

13 days ago
Our human-data interaction paper studying the question of whether explanation implies causation for consumers of data analysis is out today. Randomized, replicated trial, but just the first look at an important question! https://t.co/4YVzxWL51p.

Hey all - new paper out today! This one was led by the inimitable @brainsandbanter, and also featured the talents of @Lysia9. We developed a new brief fMRI paradigm that we hope will be useful for others. Paper URL: https://t.co/juRMaWjOg7

Episodix: a serious game to detect cognitive impairment in senior adults. A psychometric study https://t.co/HH99UPjS7m @thePeerJ https://t.co/zocdyEH9ry

Latest paper from the PowerLab @UofG_HHNS lead by @csypkes & Ben K

A computer-based avatar task designed to assess #behavioral inhibition extends to #behavioral avoidance but not cognitive avoidance https://t.co/9qgtIXXk6C @thePeerJ https://t.co/SwVwt22JEb

The voluntary control of piloerection https://t.co/q4esh7q958 https://t.co/IWfEwCpeqd

Illusory resizing of the painful knee is analgesic in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis https://t.co/bmUoKMD1Z6 @thePeerJ

Assessing metacognitive beliefs about worry: validation of German versions of the Why Worry Scale II and the Consequences of Worry Scale https://t.co/XzeG9KyYMi @thePeerJ

The curious case of the people who can control their goosebumps
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-07-curious-case-people-goosebumps.html

In the flesh: Some people can give themselves goose bumps, study shows
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/08/23/some-people-can-give-themselves-goose-bumps/1072255002/

Creating goosebumps at will may be more interesting than it sounds
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/creating-goosebumps-at-will-may-be-more-interesting-than-it-sounds/

MedicalXpress: The curious case of the people who can control their goosebumps
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-07-curious-case-people-goosebumps.html