Scanning dead salmon in fMRI machine highlights risk of red herrings

Last modified: May 20, 2017

Neuroscientists put a dead salmon into an fMRI machine as a test object, and turned it into a good case to raise awareness about false positives. The researchers scanned a dead fish, but actually found voxels that would indicate the salmon’s brain was active. In stead of ‘a funny object to test your methods with’, the salmon became the subject in an appealing story with an important message.

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