NeurIPS 2020

Interpretable multi-timescale models for predicting fMRI responses to continuous natural speech

Meta Review

The reviewers appreciated this paper's approach to explaining voxel activation as a function of time-lagged stimuli features. There were a few mistakes in the paper that were uncovered in the reviews, but adequately addressed in the author's rebuttal. The reviewers point out that the authors used a less-accurate LSTM model when more accurate models exist (e.g. transformers) but the authors point out that the time-lagged nature of the LSTM they use is crucial to their work. In general the reviewers were positive about this usage of a variant LSTM to explain the temporal nature of language processing in the brain.