The Music of the Brain

First of all, remember that post I wrote on the serotonin theory of depression, and how it was probably wrong? I was right it is at the very least incomplete. Another one bites the dust. It’s sad, as we are so desperate to find SOME theory on which we people who like to study depression can hang our hats. But the serotonin one was not to be. Check out the blog coverage. It is incisive. I don’t know that we should be THAT hard on the researchers who invented the idea. After all, it was a good idea at the time, and the good news is that everyone is willing to accept better evidence and move on. The scientific method at work.

Ok, I’ll admit, when Sci first saw this publication, she went “LOL wut?!” Why would anyone DO this? I mean, cool, but WHY? Kind of like putting a really sensitive measurement apparatus for brain wave activity in a freely-flying bat. Cool? Yes. Useful? Well…it’s COOL!
But this paper IS cool, and the more I think about it, the more I think there might be something to this, following some more refinement and development down the line. Wu, et al. “Scale-free music of the brain”, PLoS ONE, 2009.

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