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Mind and BrainA Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience$
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William R. Uttal

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015967

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015967.001.0001

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Mind and Brain

William R. Uttal

The MIT Press

This book examines the role played by brain imaging in cognitive neuroscience by exploring published studies and related literature that compare brain images to cognitive processes. It also discusses whether brain imaging and other recording techniques have any role in providing a solution to the question of how the brain makes the mind. The book discusses two ontological postulates exerting influence on the development of the theory regarding the relationship between the mind and the brain, and emphasizes that no concrete solution to the mind–brain problem is provided by macroscopic brain imaging or any other electrical recording activity. It reports the implications of the ontological postulates for philosophy and neuroscience, and also discusses how these postulates affect the course of scientific psychology. Some conceptual and technical issues such as the attractiveness of brain images, the problem of interpreting and defining the mental process, the paucity of quantification, and indirectness as a measurement of brain activity are also discussed.

Keywords:   brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, scientific psychology, brain activity, mind

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