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: