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Frontiers Special Issue on “The Social Side of Gilles-de-la-Tourette Syndrome”

For a long time, Gilles-de-la-Tourette Syndrome (GTS) has been considered a motor disorder characterized by its dominant features of vocal and motor tics. Neuroscientific research on GTS has accordingly focused on dysfunctional motor and motor control brain networks, most prominently the frontostriatal circuitry. Some of the most prominent features of GTS are, however, inherently social by …

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New DFG-funded project in our group!

Dr. Laura Müller-Pinzler was granted an “Eigene Stelle” by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for three years to study how people form beliefs about themselves and how this relates to social anxiety. We are highly excited to see this and other projects on the neural mechanisms of social learning about the self to continue!

New eLIFE publication out!

The causal role of the somatosensory cortex in prosocial behaviour. Gallo S, Paracampo R, Müller-Pinzler L, Severo MC, Blömer L, Fernandes-Henriques C, Henschel A, Lammes BK, Maskaljunas T, Suttrup J, Avenanti A, Keysers C, Gazzola V. Elife. 2018 May 8;7. pii: e32740. doi: 10.7554/eLife.32740.

The Impact Factor Fallacy – New publication at Frontiers in Psychology

Scientists receive grants, bonuses, and tenure depending on the perceived impact of the journals in which they publish their research. Using the journal impact factor (JIF) for such purposes results in reasoning and argumentation fallacies. In our new publication we describe several “impact factor fallacies” by applying ideas from reasoning and argumentation research. We argue …

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New stipend in our group!

We are happy to announce that Johanna Voges (physician) received a 2-year stipend by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)! In her PhD, Johanna will focus on social reward processing in alcoholism and examine the interactions with the immune and stress system.

New DFG-funded project in our group!

Dr. Lena Rademacher was granted a “Eigene Stelle” by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for two years. In her project she will investigate the “Social aspects of restrictive eating behavior in anorexia nervosa”. Very cool!!

New section “Frontiers in Psychiatry – Social Cognition”

Frontiers in Psychiatry welcomes Professor Sören Krach from Lübeck University, Germany, as Specialty Chief Editor of the new Social Cognition section Professor Sören Krach heads the Social Neuroscience in Psychiatry group at Lübeck University’s Social Neuroscience Lab. His clinical research focuses primarily on Autism Spectrum Disorder and social anxiety. As the Specialty Chief Editor of the new Frontiers in Psychiatry section, …

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“The Impact Factor Fallacy” featured in The Scientist

Our opinion on the Impact Factor and the rationale for (not) using it for evaluating scientific excellence has been featured in “The Scientist” online. In our biorxiv preprint you cand find a more detailed explanation of our argument. “Papers published in low-impact journals are not necessarily low-quality scientific contributions.” [link to the article]

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