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Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior$
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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

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Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior

Jerome Kagan

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This concluding chapter highlights the book's aim to document the value of gathering patterns of measures representing possible causes of outcomes and evaluating their predictive power with patterns of measures, many of which should be brain profiles. Investigators should gather as many different sources of evidence as they can because a variable thought to be irrelevant can be a clue to understanding. Ultimately, the research posture advocated in this book requires neuroscientists and psychologists to be more concerned than they have been with the features in the laboratory setting, the details in the procedure, the participants' expectations, the specific evidence cited as the basis for an inference, and the vocabulary used to describe a brain or behavioral outcome.

Keywords:   patterns of measures, causes of outcomes, brain profiles, evidence, neuroscientists, psychologists, behavioral outcome

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