The War on Fish: False Positive Horror Stories

WarOnFishCitizens of the Interwebs – we are in need of your assistance!

My advisor Mike Miller and I have been asked to write a commentary in a major neuroimaging journal that discusses the importance of protecting against false positives (Type I error) in fMRI. This is essentially an extension of the arguments that we made in the Atlantic Salmon paper. The commentary will be published alongside a similar piece from a separate group of authors that discusses the relative merits of avoiding false negatives (Type II error).

As part of our commentary we are collecting horror stories of what can happen when high rates of false positives are allowed to be present in imaging results. Have you ever looked at an article that immediately sounded your BS alarm? Perhaps you have spent time hopelessly trying to replicate a study that refused to cooperate. There are a thousand ways in which false positives can negatively impact cognitive neuroscience. If you know of a good anecdote I would love to hear about it.

If you would like to share your story online then you can post it below in the comments. Alternatively you can simply email it to me directly. No names, places, or dates are necessary please. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Best ~ Craig [Prefrontal]

October 26, 2009 • Posted in: CogNeuro, MRI, Statistics

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