Children with autism have structural and functional abnormalities in the brain circuit that normally makes social interaction feel rewarding, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Opinion – Stories like this are best taken cum grano salis. Next week we’ll probably hear a totally different story or why, perhaps, this study is methodologically flawed. Sometimes I get the impression that some guy or gal just got the latest version of Photoshop and is having a ball playing with it.
Back in high-school, we learned how the scale on graphs can be calibrated to make data look more significant. Just stretch the scale and suddenly everything looks dramatic. So I’m wondering about these photoshopped scans. How accurate are the visual enhancements to the actual data? Not too many consider the chosen colors, thickness, and intensity of the representation.
Are they scientifically responsible? Flashy findings usually mean increased funding.
But what about the real people who might be misrepresented in all this scientific zeal?