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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited$
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Catelijne Coopman, Janet Vertesi, Michaeland Lynch, and Steve Woolgar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262525381

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262525381.001.0001

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Networked Neuroscience: Brain Scans and Visual Knowing at the Intersection of Atlases and Databases

Networked Neuroscience: Brain Scans and Visual Knowing at the Intersection of Atlases and Databases

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(p.131) 7 Networked Neuroscience: Brain Scans and Visual Knowing at the Intersection of Atlases and Databases
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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited
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Sarah de Rijcke

Anne Beaulieu

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262525381.003.0007

This chapter discusses the development of authoritative collections of brain scans known as “brain atlases", focusing in particular on how such scans are constituted as authoritative visual objects. Three dimensions are identified: first, brain scans are parts of suites of networked technologies rather than stand-alone outputs; second, they are specified by means of a “database logic” that makes particular neurological features visible within a register of possibilities; and third, they serve as interfaces that open up a range of possibilities rather than stand in as fixed representations. By tracing how the very concept of the authoritative image has been transformed, the chapter shows how visual knowing takes shape in research practices and situates it in the digital and networked settings of contemporary science.

Keywords:   Brain scans, Brain atlases, Suites of technologies, Databases, Computer interfaces

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