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Developing theories that bridge mind and brain: Some thoughts of a cognitive psychologist

Andrew P. Yonelinas

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/9780199217298.003.0019
Developing theories that bridge mind and brain: Some thoughts of a cognitive psychologist

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This chapter suggests that the approaches pursued in imaging research can be allocated to one of three categories — exploratory studies, validation studies, and hypothetico-deductive studies. The first two types of studies belong to the ‘forward inference’ domain, the third to the ‘reverse inference’ domain. The chapter also demonstrates how brain-imaging results that relate source recollection and familiarity to distinct parts of the temporal lobe can motivate new behavioural experiments and consequently have an impact on theories of recognition memory.

Keywords: imaging research; exploratory studies; validation studies; hypothetico-deductive studies; forward inference; reverse inference; recognition memory

Chapter.  3083 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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