Society for Neuroscience 2016 review

review of my tweets about SfN 2016 in San Diego

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  1. I very much enjoyed this poster, because it shows how we can use our models of decision making (in this case, temporal discounting, which is related to impulsivity) to potentially help people in the real world
  2. most of the research on decision making is using very simple stimuli that have little to do with the real world. Here this was extended to value-based decisions, and it was shown the hippocampus was involved, which may be indicative of the person simulating the consequences of choosing different options.
  3. I find cognitive training quite interesting, but it is a controversial research area. What is interesting here is that the authors really tried to find effects of the Luminosity training (which is quite contraversial, see  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popular-brain-game-maker-luminosity-faces-fine-false-advertising-180957732/ ), but didn't find any.
  4. this is a wonderful little video that shows you how huge SfN is!
  5. in this study, they used the meditator's own experience to help interpret their brain activity. The hope is that when the meditators report a certain type of experience, that they have a reproducible neural pattern. The trick is to find the right neural signature. See also  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811916001567 
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