What is the most interesting part of the brain?

Trends Cogn Sci. 2013 Jan;17(1):2-4. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.10.010. Epub 2012 Dec 5.


Creative ideas and rigorous analysis are the hallmarks of much impactful science. However, there is an oft-aired suspicion in the neuroscience community that some scientists start with an advantage, simply because of the brain region or behaviour they study. We tested this unstated hypothesis by regressing the journal impact factor against both the pattern of brain activity and the experimental keywords across thousands of brain imaging studies. We found the results to be illuminating.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Bibliometrics*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Humans
  • Journal Impact Factor
  • Neurosciences / methods*