Monthly archive October, 2016
Paper Review: Fixing the stimulus­ as fixed ­effect fallacy in task fMRI

Paper Review: Fixing the stimulus­ as fixed ­effect fallacy in task fMRI

Fixing the stimulus­-as-­fixed-­effect fallacy in task fMRI Jacob Westfall, Thomas E. Nichols, and  Tal Yarkoni http://biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2016/09/25/077131.full.pdf In traditional fMRI experiments it’s typical to show subjects a limited set of stimuli (e.g. “tasty tomato”), but generalize the results to larger classes from which the stimuli were drawn (e.g. adjectives and nouns). According to Westfall, Nichols and...
Quick hit: Can we open the black box of AI?

Quick hit: Can we open the black box of AI?

Image by Simon Predes, taken from article Quick hit: Can we open the black box of AI? Davide Castelvecchi http://www.nature.com/news/can-we-open-the-black-box-of-ai-1.20731 An excerpt from a recent discussion of  “black box” deep-network-driven AI methods in Nature: Scientists should embrace deep learning without being “too anal” about the black box. After all, they all carry a black box...
Organizing Research Papers with Mendeley and Dropbox

Organizing Research Papers with Mendeley and Dropbox

As academics we spend a lot of time reading, and a lot of time procrastinating.  At one point, my favorite procrastination activity was obsessively researching the “best” way to organize research papers for reading (instead of, you know, reading them).  I’ve had many systems; some paper based, and now mostly electronic.  I’ve finally settled on...