Hardly what you’d think:
3. Hearing that brain scans validate a thesis inhibits critical thinking. In “Brain Scan Overload: Don’t be fooled by pictures of the mind in action”, science writer Jonah Lehrer warns that when one researcher gave
“neuroscience students and ordinary adults a few examples of obviously flawed scientific explanations, people were consistently able to find the flaws. However, when these same explanations were prefaced with the phrase ‘Brain scans indicate,’ both the students and adults became much less critical.”
In short, publicity around brain scans can create an uncertain, gullible public, easily swayed. More:
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