Perspectives on Neuroimaging


A study in BMC Psychiatry explores a range of perspectives on the value of neuroimaging studies for disorders of mental health. The study concludes “Our findings point toward a fundamental tension between academic investigators on the one hand, and commercial service providers and their customers on the other. This scenario poses dangers to the communities directly involved, and to public trust in science and medicine more generally. Much work needs to be done to mitigate these dangers and maximize the potential of exciting new technology. With a focus on the patient and the collective strengths of both the research and service provider communities, constructive steps can be successfully undertaken to achieve these parallel goals.”

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Anderson, J., Mizgalewicz, A., Illes, J.; Triangulating perspectives on functional neuroimaging for disorders of mental health. BMC Psychiatry. 13(208) Online August 8, 2013

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Another taxpayer funded study telling us what we already know, there are superquack operators selling bunk neuroimaging direct to consumer, and the research neuroquacks don’t say its ‘ready for primetime’, but in their biological determinist zeal, assume they can in the future prove believing you’re Jesus is a brain disease.

    The good news?

    In their zeal to look scientific, they roll out these quack brain scans that have no validity, and make themselves look even more like the charlatans that they are.

    The more they make 80,000 disparate biological assertions, the more easy it is to generate an endless list of ridiculous biopsychiatry claims that didn’t pan out, the public sees this, credibility lost.

    I say bring it on, more garbage quackery, more fake genetic tests, more fake brain scans, more painting themselves into a corner, bring it on, come to Papa, I love it. With every single research grant, with every single day, month, year, they give themselves enough rope to hang themselves.

    And I’m standing to attention on the deck of the aircraft carrier watching the air bubbles float out of the body bag as the body wrapped in chains slowly disappears into the sea.

    Every single day, psychiatry fashions another link in those chains, that will be wrapped around its body bag.

    The toe tag says ‘give us 10 more years, biomarker around the corner’.

    Believing you’re Jesus Christ or that you’re being spied on by the NSA, is no more a brain disease than believing in Jesus Christ or believing the NSA spying program is a good thing.

    These misguided neuroquacks, will live and die in their degrading hubris that they ‘are on the cusp’ of figuring IT ALL OUT.

    Pitiable life wasters.

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  2. Here’s some interesting brain wave stuff with which you can experiment on yourself at reasonable cost. It does come with a disclaimer about “trying stuff like this at home”. A bit of background on Dan Winter. He studied Walter Russell, George Gurdjieff and Kundalini Yoga, was then diagnosed with schizophrenia and later forced to leave the US.

    Scroll to the bottom of the long page to see the 11 part lecture.

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