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Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior

Jerome Kagan


Scientists were unable to study the relation of brain to mind until the invention of technologies that measured the brain activity accompanying psychological processes. Yet even with these new tools, conclusions are tentative or simply wrong. This book describes five conditions that place serious constraints on the ability to predict mental or behavioral outcomes based on brain data: the setting in which evidence is gathered, the expectations of the subject, the source of the evidence that supports the conclusion, the absence of studies that examine patterns of causes with patterns of measures ... More

Keywords: brain activity, mind, brain data, experimental setting, brain measures, experimental design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036528
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036528.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerome Kagan, author
Harvard University

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