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Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience

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The search for mind-brain relationships, with a particular emphasis on distinguishing hyperbole from solid empirical results in brain imaging studies.

Cognitive neuroscience explores the relationship between our minds and our brains, most recently by drawing on brain imaging techniques to align neural mechanisms with psychological processes. In Mind and Brain, William Uttal
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Hardcover, 497 pages
Published August 26th 2011 by MIT Press
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Ginger Campbell
This book challenges our current reliance on fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scans. In particular it looks critically at the use of fMRI scans as a tool for studying cognition (how people think).

The author concludes that it is premature to abandon other psychological testing methods because fMRI scans suffer from several limitations including poor reproducibility and the fact that since every pixel on a scan represents millions of neurons, they can't represent want is going on at th
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Kai Schreiber
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
It's nice to find a contrarian position to standard neuroscientific enthusiasm and dogma. Todays's base metaphor for brain function of a functionally distributed computing system, with distinct and namable modules, is almost guaranteed to turn out to be false, and pointing this out in detail and backed by data and references, is a nice service.

I would have wished for less confusing synopsis, and more inegration and argument, though. The ultimate conclusion - the brain is too complex for our curr
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