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Cognitive neuroscience: the troubled marriage of cognitive science and neuroscience

Cooper, Richard P. and Shallice, T. (2010) Cognitive neuroscience: the troubled marriage of cognitive science and neuroscience. Topics in Cognitive Science 2 (3), pp. 398-406. ISSN 1756-8757.

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We discuss the development of cognitive neuroscience in terms of the tension between the greater sophistication in cognitive concepts and methods of the cognitive sciences and the increasing power of more standard biological approaches to understanding brain structure and function. There have been major technological developments in brain imaging and advances in simulation, but there have also been shifts in emphasis, with topics such as thinking, consciousness, and social cognition becoming fashionable within the brain sciences. The discipline has great promise in terms of applications to mental health and education, provided it does not abandon the cognitive perspective and succumb to reductionism.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology, history, brain imaging
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 11:19
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18

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