Monday Open Question: what are the current controversies in neuroscience?

16 Dec

I am particularly interested in the question “is the brain Bayesian?”

neuroecology

Shamelessly stolen from Marina Picciotto, who asked on twitter: what are the current controversies in neuroscience? The easy and eternal answer seems to be, are we doing fMRI properly?

Here are some other suggestions:

aka, do mirror neurons exist and do they do what we think? Is the DSM useful? Are there real (biological) sex differences and should they be studied? Should we be using Bayesian statistics? What does sleep actually do? What is the role of parvalbumin and somatostatin-positive interneurons? What is the role of hippocampus?

How many smells can a smelly person smell?

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One Response to “Monday Open Question: what are the current controversies in neuroscience?”

  1. enrique December 18, 2015 at 1:25 am #

    One open “meta-question” is this: is neuroscience really a science? What I mean is: watching various areas of the brain light up to various stimuli doesn’t really tell is a whole lot …

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