Prof. Russell Poldrack | What's wrong with neuroimaging research, and how can we make it right?

Guest Lecture

  • Date: Aug 20, 2020
  • Time: 18:00 - 19:30
  • Speaker: Prof. Russell Poldrack
  • Department of Psychology, Stanford University, California, USA
  • Location: MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
  • Room: Zoom Meeting
  • Host: Department of Psychology
  • Contact: psy-office@cbs.mpg.de
Functional neuroimaging has given rise to tens of thousands of publications, but we remain far from a comprehensive understanding the neural basis of mental functions. I will argue that this arises from two fundamental flaws in the way that neuroimaging research has been done. First, I will argue that we have been asking the wrong questions, such that our research strategy has no way of uncovering selective relations between brain systems and mental functions. Second, I will argue that we have been asking these questions in the wrong way, using methods that do not provide reproducible results. I will outline a set of conceptual and analytic strategies that I hope can help address these problems.

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