CORTEX conference
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 4:30pm

Emmanuel Procyk is delighted to welcome François Gonon to come and give a conference within the framework of CORTEX conferences. given the wide scope of the subject, there will be exceptionnally only one speaker this time:
Misrepresentations of neuroscience observations in the media: causes and social consequences.

"There is often a huge gap between neurobiological findings and their media coverage. We analyze the neuroscience discourse and we show that misrepresentations and overstatements of neuroscience observations already occur inside scientific publications. Publication bias also plays a major role in the distorted media reporting. Indeed, initial scientific publications often report larger effects than subsequent studies on the same issue and this is not chocking on the scientific point of view. However, we observed, with the case of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, that journalists preferentially report on initial publications and almost never inform the public that most of them are refuted or strongly attenuated by subsequent studies. These distortions bias the evidence in favor of a neurobiological understanding of mental disorders. This conception favors drug treatments, increases patient rejection and discredit social policies that might decrease the prevalence and severity of these disorders."

Amphi ISC, from 4.30pm