Casting Light on the Dark Side of Brain Imaging

Amir Raz; Robert T Thibault
9780128161791
0-12-816179-5

Most people find colorful brain scans highly compelling--and yet, many experts don't. This discrepancy begs the question: What can we learn from neuroimaging? Is brain information useful in fields such.

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as psychiatry, law, or education? How do neuroscientists create brain activation maps and why do we admire them? Casting Light on The Dark Side of Brain Imaging tackles these questions through a critical and constructive lens--separating fruitful science from misleading neuro-babble. In a breezy writing style accessible to a wide readership, experts from across the brain sciences offer their uncensored thoughts to help advance brain research and debunk the craze for reductionist, headline-grabbing neuroscience. This collection of short, enlightening essays is suitable for anyone interested in brain science, from students to professionals. Together, we take a hard look at the science behind brain imaging and outline why this technique remains promising despite its seldom-discussed shortcomings. Challenges the tendency toward neuro-reductionismDeconstructs hype through a critical yet constructive lensUnveils the nature of brain imaging dataExplores emerging brain technologies and future directionsFeatures a non-technical and accessible writing style