“Don’t cite that paper!” When reviewers hide behind anonymity

All academics are well aware of the blessing and the curse of receiving comments from reviewers after weeks (or months?) of wait. Finally, you can take a break from persistently pressing that refresh button and start working on something more constructive like improving your paper, right? Uhm, well, maybe not right away. First, you should probably curse in three languages because of Reviewer 1’s misunderstanding of your research protocol, then allow yourself to cry I bit for the endless additional analyses requested by Reviewer 4, and just before starting to be more productive, grab that package of chocolate chip cookies… [Read More]

The one about my first pain paper

I am relatively new to the field of pain neurophysiology. Before joining the NocionsLab in January 2014, I had been working on brain-computer interfaces – a topic that involved the use of similar neuroimaging techniques (EEG, fMRI, TMS), for fairly different purposes. Something that struck me almost right away about the study of pain neurophysiology was how lively – to use a euphemism – were the ongoing debates within the field. Just to mention a few: Are there pain-specific regions in the brain? Can we still talk about a pain matrix? And what about the overlap between social rejection and… [Read More]