• Title: The New Phrenology: The Limits of Localizing Cognitive Processes in the Brain
  • Author: William R. Uttal
  • ISBN: 9780262710107
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback
  • The New Phrenology The Limits of Localizing Cognitive Processes in the Brain 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 assum
    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 inWilliam 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 and 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.

    One Reply to “The New Phrenology: The Limits of Localizing Cognitive Processes in the Brain”

    1. In a nutshell? Uttal is arguing that the modern imaging technologies (e.g fMRI) are toys used by cognitive neuroscientists that are following their theories and using these subtractive methods to come up with supporting data for what is otherwise intractable. In other words, much of modern cognitive neuroscience is on a fool's errand because we really don't even have a working definition for what "thought" and "mind" are and so how could we possibly hope to match up its specific component parts [...]

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