Continuing on our theme of GIFs the New York Times has commission, here we take a look at Yoshi Sodeoka’s illustration of the brain and visualized data. The GIF illustrates a piece titled “Do You Believe In God or is That a Software Glitch?” The article cites a an paper written for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which discovered a glitch in MRI data that can cause false positives. The glitch can suggest brain activity where there is none and does so up to 70 percent of the time. Eek.
As for the title—it refers to clickbait referenced in the article. Sodeoka’s image can’t quite capture all of that, but it does a good job of showing us how data can obscure our readings of brain activity. More Sodeoka please.