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Reliability in Cognitive NeuroscienceA Meta-Meta-Analysis$
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William R. Uttal

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018524

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018524.001.0001

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Current Status and Future Needs

Current Status and Future Needs

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Reliability in Cognitive Neuroscience

William R. Uttal

The MIT Press

In this chapter, the author mentions the lack of consistency and reliability in brain imaging studies but discusses some of the slowly emerging answers to the fundamental questions. Doubt about the capability of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to offer concrete results on the brain mechanisms of cognitive processes is discussed along with the lack of a Hebb model to answer problems related to the mind–brain relationship. Differences in the meta-analysis results suggest that this method is not feasible for cognitive neuroscience studies. The book overall presents the inability of brain imaging systems to locate the region of brain activity, which is under cognitive stimuli. Suggestions for cognitive brain imaging researchers are presented to help them resolve the problem of linking brain images and cognitive processes.

Keywords:   brain imaging, fMRI, cognitive processes, Hebb model, meta-analysis, cognitive neuroscience

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