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Neuroskeptic: Five Years of MS Paint

Neuroskeptic iconNeuroskepticBy NeuroskepticDecember 26, 2013 4:40 PM

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Christmas is a time for reflection, as the Queen said yesterday. So here's a Neuroskeptic retrospective, 2008-2013. A retrospective in colourful pictures. My single most successful image is, by a long shot, The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell (2010) As well as getting a record 65,000 pageviews, it earned me the title of first blogger to publish in an academic journal under a pseudonym, when it appeared as a paper in Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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On a similar note, I really like this one from Where Papers Come From (2011)

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Then there was How Not To Do Great Science, the first, and so far only, image not made in MS Paint - this one was made in collaboration with artist Erene Stergiopoulos (webcomic here, Twitter here.)

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Some images, however, contain no text at all. I remain rather proud of the simplicity of this illustration to a post about homosexuality (2012)

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The same stock image of a brain formed the basis for the following two images, which in my opinion are among my best. First, a "brain-berg" depicting the idea that 'blobs' of statistically significant activation on fMRI may just be the tip of the iceberg (2012)

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And here's someone 'fishing' for statistically significant blobs from the post False Positive Neuroscience (2012)

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This image has nothing to do with the brain, but it became one of the most commented posts on this blog, and one that I remain very fond of. It's my attempt to list all of the countries that were never colonized by a European power (2012):

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Finally, the one that started it all; a human brain with two googly eyes crudely drawn onto the lateral prefrontal cortex in MS Paint - Neuroskeptic (2008). When I made this over five years ago, I couldn't have predicted that I'd still be using it at the end of 2013. Thanks to all my readers and supporters who've made that possible.

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