Dead salmon brain scans

Four psychologists, in an effort to show that interpreting brain scan results requires careful correction for scanning errors, took a dead fish and showed it pictures of people in emotional states. “The salmon was asked to determine what emotion the individual in the photograph must have been experiencing.” Yes, parts of the brain “lit up”, but the researchers seem reluctant to conclude from this that dead fish engage in perspective-taking tasks. See the poster of their results here.

PS – Their title for their presentation is hilarious: “Neural correlates of interspecies perspective taking in the post-mortem Atlantic Salmon: An argument for multiple comparisons correction.” (And, by the way, “Dead Salmon Brain Scans” is an excellent name for a rock band.)

Author: Huenemann

Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.

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