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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.


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


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.)


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


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)


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


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):


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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