Julia Belluz at Vox interviews Russ Poldrack, the director of the Center for Reproducible Neuroscience, on recent efforts to “clean up the house of neuroscience and improve transparency and the reliability of research.” Poldrack illustrates the current problems with fMRI studies by recounting the story of a group of researchers who put a dead salmon in an MRI scanner and found activation in the salmon’s brain. Poldrack hopes to solve some of the reproducibility and reliability problems in neuroscience through “free, powerful, and innovative computing tools” but sees the project as “part of a bigger movement going on across science for openness and transparency and reproducibility.”
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