The Heavy Metal Brain

Get your earplugs ready because this post is metal. Last week, a group of neuroscientists published a paper reporting altered brain activity in heavy metal lovers.

The paper raised a few eyebrows, not least for its statement that metal fans show “disorders of behavioral and emotional cognition.” It’s already attracted some convincing critical comments on PubPeer. To my mind, the paper is a perfect example of a flawed neuroimaging study.

Researchers Yan Sun and colleagues scanned 40 sel

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