Mind the Brain

Can we predict suicide from Twitter language?

Can we predict county-level death by suicide from Twitter data? We tried. Our surprising results added weight to results of our re-analyses of Twitter data attempting to predict death from heart disease.  Analyzing Twitter data in bulk does not add to our understanding geographical variations in health outcomes.

Sordid tale of a study of cognitive behavioral therapy for schizophrenia gone bad

What motivates someone to publish that paper without checking it? Laziness? Naivety? Greed? Now that’s one to ponder. – Neuroskeptic, Science needs vigilantes. We need to Make the world safe for post-publication peer review (PPR) commentary. Ensure appropriate rewards for those who do it. Take action against those who try to make life unpleasant for … Continue reading "Sordid tale of a study of cognitive behavioral therapy for schizophrenia gone bad"

Advice to Junior Academics on How to Get Involved With Twitter

I’m not a good role model for junior academics whom I encourage to get involved with Twitter. I have been experimenting turning exchanges on Twitter or my Facebook wall into blog posts, which I increasingly turn into articles. When my articles are newly published, I promote them with the full range of social media. All … Continue reading "Advice to Junior Academics on How to Get Involved With Twitter"