Mind the Brain

The PACE PLOS One data will not be released and the article won’t be retracted

PLOS One has bought into discredited arguments about patient consent forms not allowing sharing of anonymized data. PLOS One is no longer at the vanguard of open science through routine data sharing.

Better days: When PLOS Blogs honored my post about fatal flaws in the PACE chronic fatigue syndrome follow-up study (2015)

The back story on my receiving this honor was that PLOS Blogs only days before had shut down the blog site because of complaints from someone associated with the PACE trial. I was asked to resign. I refused. PLOS Blogs relented when I said it would be a publicity disaster for PLOS Blogs.

Misleading systematic review of mindfulness studies used to promote Bensen Institute for Mind-Body Medicine services

A seriously flawed overview “systematic review “ of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the effects of mindfulness on health and well-being alerts readers how they need to be skeptical of what they are told about the benefits of mindfulness. Especially when the information comes those benefiting enormously from promoting the practice. The glowing evaluation of … Continue reading "Misleading systematic review of mindfulness studies used to promote Bensen Institute for Mind-Body Medicine services"

But it’s not PTSD! Bad research distorts our understanding of a serious disorder.

The diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was originally limited to persons who had faced a horrific situation outside the range of normal human experience. Their ability to function also  had to be impaired from a distinct clusters of psychological symptoms that they had developed in response to that situation. Eligible experiences included natural and … Continue reading "But it’s not PTSD! Bad research distorts our understanding of a serious disorder."

What I learned as an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE

Open access week is just around the corner, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to share my experience as an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE. I was invited to join the team following a conversation at Science Online 2010 with I think Steve Koch, who recommended me to PLOS ONE, and before I knew it … Continue reading "What I learned as an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE"