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The New Phrenology : The Limits of Localizing Cognitive Processes in the Brain - William R. Uttal

The New Phrenology

The Limits of Localizing Cognitive Processes in the Brain

Paperback Published: 24th January 2003
ISBN: 9780262710107
Number Of Pages: 275
For Ages: 18+ years old

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William Uttal is concerned that in an effort to prove itself a hard science, psychology may have thrown away one of its most important methodological tools--a critical analysis of the fundamental assumptions that underlie day-to-day empirical research. In this book Uttal addresses the question of localization: whether psychological processes can be defined and isolated in a way that permits them to be associated with particular brain regions.New, noninvasive imaging technologies allow us to observe the brain while it is actively engaged in mental activities. Uttal cautions, however, that the excitement of these new research tools can lead to a neuroreductionist wild goose chase. With more and more cognitive neuroscientific data forthcoming, it becomes critical to question their limitations as well as their potential. Uttal reviews the history of localization theory, presents the difficulties of defining cognitive processes, and examines the conceptual and technical difficulties that should make us cautious about falling victim to what may be a "neo-phrenological" fad.

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Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
On Localizing Cognitive Processes: The Problemp. 1
The Technologiesp. 29
Is a Taxonomy or Even a Lexicon of Cognitive Processes Possible?p. 89
Technical and Conceptual Problemsp. 147
Summary and Conclusionsp. 205
The Great Questions of Scientific Psychologyp. 221
A Comment on the Zeitgeistp. 227
Referencesp. 233
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780262710107
ISBN-10: 0262710102
Series: Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 24th January 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.4