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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Statistical Flaw Punctuates Brain Research in Elite Journals

By Gary Stix
Scientific American
Originally published March 27, 2014

Here is an excerpt:

That is the message of a new analysis in Nature Neuroscience that shows that more than half of 314 articles on neuroscience in elite journals   during an 18-month period failed to take adequate measures to ensure that statistically significant study results were not, in fact, erroneous. Consequently, at  least some of the results from papers in journals like Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience and Cell were likely to be false positives, even after going through the arduous peer-review gauntlet.

The entire article is here.
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