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July 04, 2006

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David Dobbs

Duly noted, Dave Munger, and thanks for writing. I didn't take either Bloom's post nor that at CogDaily as being dismissive of fMRI, for I agree (as I note above) that skepticism about many brain scan studies and even more mass media brain-scan stories is warranted. I just wanted to note the qualitative differences between the one-site wonders and the deeper studies that ferret out networks.

Dave Munger

Excellent points. I would like to point out that neither Bloom's article nor our supportive post on CogDaily suggest that fMRI is worthless; rather that it gets much more attention than it deserves in the MSM. We've done plenty of posts on CogDaily on fMRI studies, which, as you point out, can be very valuable.

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