A Research Study On Limbic Activity Modulation Guided By Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Inspired Electroencephalography Improves Implicit Emotion Regulation

1477 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
The popular science article “You May Be Able to Train Your Brain to Be Fearless” published by The Huffington Post discusses the study “Limbic Activity Modulation Guided by Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging–Inspired Electroencephalography Improves Implicit Emotion Regulation” conducted by Dr. Talma Hendler. I find that the pop science article doesn’t portray the information correctly. It fails to include terminology and key results; specifically, the downsides of the study. The article’s sole purpose is to grab the attention of the reader by changing the results slightly and making it seem more exultant and beneficial rather than informing the reader what has been done in the study and what the research actually says. By comparing these two distinct means – science-based journalism and academic scientific writing – it is obvious that the current state of popular science-based journalism is dangerous because it is detrimental to scientific literacy, and has established a well-known loop of misinformation that promotes illiteracy by using exaggeration and overemphasis to present the information which results in misinterpretation from readers.

Any individual would be surprised to find how different conclusions are portrayed from popular science articles to their respective scientific study. To discover an incongruity between the conclusions and expositions of the Huffington Post article “You May Be Able to Train Your Brain to Be Fearless” and the study “Limbic…

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