I had the pleasure to spend the last two days at the meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) meeting in San Francisco. This was my first time at this meeting (I gave a talk on the work in our lab) and I really enjoyed it. Here are some things that caught my attention/interest, enriched with some random spontaneous thoughts.
It has been a while since I last wrote a blog post. This break gave me the chance to think about why I invest time in writing here. When I was at the Brain Stimulation conference in Barcelona last week, I realized that many people I met knew about my thinking and my work based on reading this blog. I thought this was refreshing and enhanced our interactions. But perhaps even more importantly, I continue to meet people from outside of neuroscience/academia who are deeply fascinated by our work and with whom I greatly enjoy interacting. Often I get asked where they can learn more and I never quite have a satisfying answer. Our papers? Maybe not since they are quite technical and difficult to read if you are not used to the style of scientific papers. My book? Maybe - but maybe also not since it is still aimed at people in the research community. So thus (until the day I write a book for a broader audience about our work) I have decided to write here also for the broader audience to share where we are and where we are going with our research.
We are living in a time in which the value of science is not a universally accepted priority of our society. I am convinced that one important aspect is that we scientists need to learn to communicate way better. Here are some concrete action items: