Ep. 22: Replication is the sincerest form of flattery (feat. Dr. Plinio Casarotto)

Good science may be reproducible, but this episode is one of a kind! Well, it’s part one of two fantastic chats we had with special guest Dr. Plinio Casarotto, founding editor of the Journal for Reproducibility in Neuroscience. You (yes, you) should consider submitting to it–or to the newly established Journal of Muffled Screams. We get into the importance of giving librarians their due, giving kids a clue, and giving mice the blues. Also: home labs.


  • Check out the Journal for Reproducibility in Neuroscience!
  • 3:45 – Learn more about the mucus-sheathed parasite named after Conan O’Brien! (Simpson, Ambrosio, and Baeza, 2017)
  • 17:45 – For more on environmental stress In These Uncertain Times, see: Participant stress in the COVID-19 era and beyond (Goldfarb, 2020)
  • 21:30 – Here’s that paper about how environmental stressors can affect antidepressant efficacy! Antidepressant treatment outcome depends on the quality of the living environment: a pre-clinical investigation in mice (Branchi et al., 2013)
  • 22:00 – Here’s that Shane Mauss show about mushrooms (or, well, one of the many Shane Shroom Shows)
  • 24:55 – Bathtubs: the trees of the home! Habitual tub bathing and risks of incident coronary heart disease and stroke (Ukai et al., 2020)
  • 37:45 – How research reproducibility challenges librarians’ skill sets. A French librarian’s perspective (Granger, 2021)
  • 41:30 – Learn more about the Mpemba effect, the coolest (sorry) case study in student empowerment: Observing the Mpemba effect with minimal bias and the value of the Mpemba effect to scientific outreach and engagement (Burridge and Hallstadius, 2020)
  • ”My name is Erasto B Mpemba, and I am going to tell you about my discovery, which was due to misusing a refrigerator.” Read: Cool? (Mpemba and Osborne, 1969)
  • 42:10 – Learn more about the incredible nerve(s) of Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini
  • Selective growth stimulating effects of mouse sarcoma on the sensory and sympathetic nervous system of the chick embryo (Levi-Montalcini and Hamburger, 1951)
  • A Conversation with Rita Levi-Montalcini (Chao, 2010)