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The new phrenology : the limits of localizing cognitive processes in the brain

Author: William R Uttal
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : MIT Press, 2003, ©2001.
Series: Life and mind.; Bradford book.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st MIT Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"William Uttal is concerned that in an effort to prove itself a hard science, psychology may have thrown away one of its most important methodological tools - a critical analysis of the fundamental assumptions that underlie day-to-day empirical research. In this book Uttal addresses the question of localization: whether psychological processes can be defined and isolated in a way that permits them to be associated  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William R Uttal
ISBN: 9780262710107 0262710102
OCLC Number: 796934433
Notes: Originally published in 2001.
Description: 255 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: On localizing cognitive processes : the problem --
The technologies --
Is a taxonomy or even a lexicon of cognitive processes possible? --
Technical and conceptual problems.
Series Title: Life and mind.; Bradford book.
Responsibility: William R. Uttal.

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Addresses the question of localization: whether psychological processes can be defined and isolated in a way that permits them to be associated with particular brain regions.  Read more...

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