Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jerome Kagan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036528

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036528.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 27 June 2022

The Power of the Context

The Power of the Context

(p.13) 2 The Power of the Context
Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior

Jerome Kagan

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses contextual constraints on brain profiles. The laboratories that measure brain activity contain uncommon combinations of physical features and incentives that prime some brain sites and suppress others. Despite these possibilities, neuroscientists continue to speculate about the implications of the brain patterns they record as if the context has a minimal influence on their observations. This position is difficult to defend given the fact that the parahippocampal cortex binds objects and events to the context in which they appear. Adults lying supine and still in the narrow tube of a magnetic scanner in an unfamiliar room are in an unusual psychological and bodily state. The compromised sense of agency, awareness of being evaluated, confinement in a narrow space, and the demand to suppress all movement affect brain and psychological processes.

Keywords:   context, brain profiles, brain activity, neuroscientists, brain patterns, parahippocampal cortex, psychological processes

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.