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On how to reconcile mind and brain

Frank Rösler and Charan Ranganath

in Neuroimaging of Human Memory

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199217298
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217298.003.0002
On how to reconcile mind and brain

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This chapter evaluates the validity of arguments used to discount the utility of functional imaging. It also presents some epistemological arguments to highlight the mutual interdependence of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Consideration of these points suggests that although there are conceptual and methodological challenges that psychologists must address before the potential benefits of neuroimaging can be realized, imaging data is nonetheless a powerful tool to reconcile concepts of mind and brain, so that we may move beyond the so-called ‘black box’ models of cognition.

Keywords: functional imaging; cognitive neuroscience; cognitive psychology; imaging data; mind; brain; cognition

Chapter.  4922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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