List of blogs that I tuned into last year, and will continue to watch closely in 2017.

The Spike

Englighted opinions on both neuroscience & acedemia, Mark Humphries’ blog does a great job of explaining complex topics ranging from why we need to move away from thinking about single neurons to the processes underlying decision making. Great for both scientists and other folk alike; if you need some stimulating lunchtime conversation starters, look no further.


One of many blogs written by professor of developmental neuropsychology Dorothy Bishop this one contains “ramblings on acedemic-related matters”. I first started reading Dorothy’s blog when I began to take a serious interest in the publishing and reproducibility crisis that science is currently facing. More interesting for those outside the scientific community might be her regular biology-related posts such as the x and y of sex differences or a common misunderstanding of natural selection.

For those self-proclaimed nerds amongst you C. Titus Brown’s blog is a true gem. Currently he is running a mini-series entitled Envisioning the Scientific Paper of the Future which has been super interesting so far. If you’re looking to get into blogging then check out this slightly tongue and cheek article written at the beginning of this year The top 10 reasons why blog posts are better than scientific papers.

Bjoern is a professor of neurogenetics at the Universität Regensburg and writes a great blog about both insect behaviour (Why Did The Moth Fly Into The Flame?) as well as some obligatory progressive articles about the state of science and publishing (Sci-Hub As Necessary, Effective Civil Disobedience). This one is probably more for those already involved in acedemia in some form or another, but nonetheless a great way to while away an hour or two while waiting for your immuno/code/mouse/PI to finish running.