Commentary on Vul et al.'s (2009) "Puzzlingly high correlations in fMRI studies of emotion, personality, and social cognition"
Nichols, Thomas E. and Poline, Jean-Baptist. (2009) Commentary on Vul et al.'s (2009) "Puzzlingly high correlations in fMRI studies of emotion, personality, and social cognition". Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol.4 (No.3). pp. 291-293. ISSN 1745-6916Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-6924.2009.01126.x
The article “Puzzlingly High Correlations in fMRI Studies of Emotion, Personality, and Social Cognition” (Vul, Harris, Winkielman, & Pashler, 2009, this issue) makes a broad case that current practice in neuroimaging methodology is deficient. Vul et al. go so far as to demand that authors retract or restate results, which we find wrongly casts suspicion on the confirmatory inference methods that form the foundation of neuroimaging statistics. We contend the authors' argument is overstated and that their work can be distilled down to two points already familiar to the neuroimaging community: that the multiple testing problem must be accounted for, and that reporting of methods and results should be improved. We also illuminate their concerns with standard statistical concepts such as the distinction between estimation and inference and between confirmatory and post hoc inferences, which makes their findings less puzzling.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Statistics
Faculty of Science > WMG (Formerly the Warwick Manufacturing Group)
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Brain -- Imaging -- Statistical methods, Magnetic resonance imaging -- methods, Mathematical statistics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Perspectives on Psychological Science|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Inc.|
|Official Date:||May 2009|
|Number of Pages:||3|
|Page Range:||pp. 291-293|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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