What is the most fashionable part of the brain?

21 Feb

Have you ever wondered if some neuroscientists have a publication advantage just because they study a certain part of the brain? 

Timothy E.J. Behrens and colleagues seem to think so. In their new paper, the authors demonstrate how finding activity in popular brain areas (such as the pre-supplementary motor area, for those of you who were wondering) is strongly related to the impact factor of journal in which the data are published.

Conversely, researchers who discover activation in less trendy brain regions tend to publish in journals with approximately half the impact of their more fashionable counterparts.

Check out the colourful brain map below to see which brain regions are most popular (in red), as well as with the most frequently used keywords from the BrainMap database.

Something to think about for your next research proposal, perhaps…?



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