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Brain Log? Collaborative academic neuroscience blog

Earlier today on Twitter I mentioned that I feel that academic neuroscience could use a collaborative, professional blog such as Language Log. This seemed to resonate with several people, but 140 characters isn't enough to explain why I feel this way.

First and foremost: for those of you not familiar with Language Log, it's a blog run by academic Linguists and other language professionals, including several journalists who cover language.

Off the top of my head, here are a few reasons why I think neuroscience could use a "Brain Log":

  • Language Log is collaborative, meaning it doesn't "belong" to any one person.
  • This minimizes one issue of a lot of personal blogs: personal "branding" and link-bait style posts. The focus is on solving problems rather than general interestingness.
  • Many neuroscience blogs are fantastic, and have higher level discussions (e.g., Neuroskeptic), but they're run on a professional site and thus are for-pay content. And they're still "branded" by their individual ownership, leaving further discussions at the discretion of the owner.
  • The scope of Language Log is more technical, which allows the people "in the trenches" to dig into details that the general public may not find very interesting, but young researchers, journalists, etc. may find very useful as a resource.
  • A collaborative blog allows for better two-way discussion between the primary scientists and journalists covering neuroscience (a very hot topic in the public interest right now).
  • This would allow journalists better access to broader scientific opinions, and to give them an easy way to reach out to academics.

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