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Mind, Behavior, and the Brain: An Anti-reductionist View

By Bill Uttal
March 26, 2008

Bill Uttal is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Michigan and professor emeritus of engineering at Arizona State University. He is the author of 26 books in various fields of scientific psychology and neuroscience and about 140 scientific articles. He is currently interested in analyzing the basic assumptions of cognitive neuroscience.

This is a review of the assumptions behind the currently popular associations between brain images (fMRI and PET) and cognitive processes. His specific conclusion is that this field is still in a very preliminary state in which some conclusions are premature and others have already been shown to be inaccurate. A number of meta-studies published since 2000 show that the brain responses to even well-defined stimuli are not localized (as is the current view) but are widely distributed across the brain.

Readings:

Brain Images and the Mind (.doc)

  

Time and location:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
11:45 - 1:00pm
Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity
ISTB-1, Room 401