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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262710107
ISBN-10: 0262710102
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 275
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William R. Uttal

Mark J. Cherry, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy atSaint Edward's University, in Austin, Texas. He is Editor-in-Chief ofHealthcare Ethics Committee Forum, Assistant Editor of The Journal ofMedicine and Philosophy, and an Associate Editor of Christian Bioethics.He also has edited Persons and Their Bodies: Rights, Responsibilities, Relationships(Kluwer Academic Press, 1999) and was coeditor of AllocatingScarce Medical Resources: Roman Catholic Perspectives (GeorgetownUniversity Press, 2002).

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