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The Memory ProcessNeuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives$
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Suzanne Nalbantian, Paul M. Matthews, and James L. McClelland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014571

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014571.001.0001

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Memory and Neurophilosophy

Memory and Neurophilosophy

(p.195) 9 Memory and Neurophilosophy
The Memory Process

John Bickle

The MIT Press

This chapter sheds light on some ways that neuroscientific research about learning and memory has been featured in landmark works in neurophilosophy. Neuroscientists have early on been cognizant of the fact that memory is a genuine cognitive function suitable for a variety of their investigative methods. The strong empirical focus demanded by neurophilosophy makes it no surprise that it is riddled with case studies drawn from the study of memory. Because of its suitability for neuroscientific investigation and explanation, memory lends itself to neurophilosophical reflections on, for example, the status of folk psychology, methodology in neuroscience, scientific reductionism, causal-mechanistic explanations, and multiple realization. The aim of this chapter is for these reflections to guide us toward a greater philosophical understanding of cognitive functions whose neural underpinnings are less obvious, such as perception, consciousness, decision-making, and normative judgment, to name a few that have garnered recent attention.

Keywords:   neuroscientific research, learning, memory, neurophilosophy, cognitive function, neural underpinnings, perception, consciousness, decision-making, normative judgment

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