The Department of Psychology is delighted to announce the next online talk of the Mind Meeting Seminar Series.

On Thursday 20th August, Prof. Russell Poldrack (Stanford University, USA) will give a talk entitled “What’s wrong with neuroimaging research, and how can we make it right?”.

When: Thursday 20th August, 6 – 7:30 pm (Attention: different time)


The talk will take place virtually via Zoom. Please contact us at [email protected]de if you are interested in taking part.



Functional neuroimaging has given rise to tens of thousands of publications, but we remain far from a comprehensive understanding the neural basis of mental functions. I will argue that this arises from two fundamental flaws in the way that neuroimaging research has been done. First, I will argue that we have been asking the wrong questions, such that our research strategy has no way of uncovering selective relations between brain systems and mental functions.  Second, I will argue that we have been asking these questions in the wrong way, using methods that do not provide reproducible results.  I will outline a set of conceptual and analytic strategies that I hope can help address these problems.

Upcoming Mind Meeting talks:

31 August 2020 | Charan Ranganath, University of California
8 October 2020 | Christian Büchel, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
12 November 2020 | Eleanor A. Maguire, University College London VIA ZOOM