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Foundational Issues in Human Brain Mapping$
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Stephen Jose Hanson and Martin Bunzl

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014021

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014021.001.0001

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Neuroimaging as a Tool for Functionally Decomposing Cognitive Processes

Neuroimaging as a Tool for Functionally Decomposing Cognitive Processes

(p.241) 18 Neuroimaging as a Tool for Functionally Decomposing Cognitive Processes
Foundational Issues in Human Brain Mapping

William Bechtel

Richard C. Richardson

The MIT Press

This chapter describes neuroimaging as a tool for functionally decomposing cognitive processes. It looks into neuroimaging’s contribution to understanding and explaining cognitive mechanisms, and discusses the use and abuse of neuroimaging. The chapter presents a critique of neuroimaging studies as well as an analysis of such studies—for example, single-cell recording and transcranial magnetic stimulation. These studies demonstrate the insignificant contribution of neuroimaging to the maturation of cognitive theories.

Keywords:   neuroimaging, cognitive theories, single-cell recording, transcranial magnetic stimulation, cognitive mechanisms

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