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Critical neuroscience : a handbook of the social and cultural contexts of neuroscience /
edited by Suparna Choudhury and Jan Slaby.
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Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
description
xv, 390 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1444333283 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781444333282 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
isbn
1444333283 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781444333282 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Proposal for a critical neuroscience / Jan Slaby and Suparna Choudhury -- The need for a critical neuroscience : from neuroideology to neurotechnology / Steven Rose -- Against first nature : critical theory and neuroscience / Martin Hartmann -- Scanning the lifeworld : toward a critical neuroscience of action and interaction / Shaun Gallagher -- Toys are us : models and metaphors in brain science / Cornelius Borck -- The neuromance of cerebral history / Max Stadler -- Empathic cruelty and the origins of the social brain / Allan Young -- Disrupting images : neuroscientific representations in the lives of psychiatric patients / Simon Cohn -- Critically producing brain images of mind / Joseph Dumit -- Radical reductions : neurophysiology, politics, and personhood in Russian addiction medicine / Eugene Raikhel -- Delirious brain chemistry and controlled culture : exploring the contextual mediation of drug effects / Nicolas Langlitz -- Critical neuroscience : from neuroimaging to tea leaves in the bottom of a cup / Amir Raz -- The salmon of doubt : six months of methodological controversy within social neuroscience / Daniel Margulies -- Cultural neuroscience as critical neuroscience in practice -- Joan Y. Chiao and Bobby K. Cheon -- Re-socializing psychiatry : critical neuroscience and the limits of reductionism / Laurence J. Kirmayer and Ian Gold -- Are mental illnesses diseases of the brain? / Thomas Fuchs -- Are there neural correlates of depression? / Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega -- The future of critical neuroscience / Laurence J. Kirmayer.
catalogue key
8291507
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Suparna Choudhury is Junior Professor at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. Germany. Trained as a cognitive neuroscientist with interdisciplinary research experience, her current work examines the emergence of the 'neurological adolescent' and the relationship between neuroscience, culture and society. Jan Slaby is Junior Professor in Philosophy of Mind and Emotion at Freie Universitt Berlin, Germany. The author of a book exploring the world-disclosing nature of human emotions, he has also been involved in research and teaching on the philosophy of psychiatry, with a particular focus on affective disorders and background feelings.
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Neurological thinking has extended itself into a great many spheres of life, from "neuroanthropology" to "neurozoology". We have urgently needed to understand this development within a broad historical and cultural context and Critical Neuroscience provides us with the necessary tools to engage with neuroscience and its social impacts in productive and intelligent ways. The book will be an extremely important resource for anyone interested in understanding how and why neuroscientific research has led us to think about social life in new ways. Emily Martin , Professor of Anthropology, New York University and author of 'Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture' At a time where neuroscience, whether molecular or social, is expanding so rapidly to nearly all aspects of human societies, way beyond academia, this volume brings a welcome and refreshing perspective. Choudhury and Slaby are to be commended for bringing together various scholars within a framework that constructively criticizes and analyzes potentials and problems, promises and challenges, pitfalls and strengths associated with human neuroscience. This volume is extremely important to all, and is of special benefit to the emerging field of social neuroscience. Jean Decety, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Co-Director of Brain Research Imaging Centre, University of Chicago The neurosciences today are at once the site of genuinely exciting research, of wild claims for the fields "revolutionary" significance for human self-understanding, and of skeptical dismissals of both. Critical Neuroscience shows instead how to analyze this scientific work with utmost seriousness, through critical reflection on its history and guiding assumptions, its involvement in multiple practical and institutional settings, its scientific prospects, and how it affects and is affected by how we think about ourselves. The book offers a model for thoughtful engagement with innovative, widely influential scientific research. Joseph Rouse, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University, USA
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Critical Neuroscience presents original essays that explore key social, historical and philosophical studies of neuroscience, and analyze the socio-cultural implications of recent advances in the field. A powerful attempt to develop interaction and dialogue between neuroscience and the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities Original, interdisciplinary approach explores the creative potential for engaging experimental neuroscience with social studies of neuroscience Transcends traditional scepticism, introducing groundbreaking ideas about ?how to be critical? in and about science Features contributions from eminent scholars including Steven Rose, Joseph Dumit, Laurence Kirmayer, Shaun Gallagher, Fernando Vidal, Allan Young and Joan Chiao
Main Description
Critical Neuroscience brings together multi-disciplinary scholars from around the world to explore key social, historical and philosophical studies of neuroscience, and to analyze the socio-cultural implications of recent advances in the field. Original, interdisciplinary approach explores the creative potential for engaging experimental neuroscience with social studies of neuroscience Furthers the dialogue between neuroscience and the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities Transcends traditional scepticism, introducing novel ideas about 'how to be critical' in and about science Features contributions from eminent scholars including Steven Rose, Joseph Dumit, Laurence Kirmayer, Shaun Gallagher, Fernando Vidal, Allan Young and Joan Chiao
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Critical Neuroscience presents a series of thought-provoking essays from a team of experts, creating an interdisciplinary forum in which to engage in fruitful debate about the potential of tools, the complexities of data interpretation and the social, political and cultural context of neuroscience research. Spanning such diverse fields as philosophy, anthropology, history of science and psychiatry, the book traces the history of contemporary models of the brain, and brings laboratory observations into the forefront of neuroscientific research. Contributions probe deeply into the problem spaces in which knowledge from neuroscience is called upon to classify 'kinds' of people, and the ways in which these findings impact on society in a diverse range of settings. Together, these essays engage the social sciences and humanities with experimental neuroscience, and address fundamental questions of how to critique neuroscience in society. With illuminating insights and deep scholarly rigour, Critical Neuroscience offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary perspective that aims to enrich our understanding of the brain as situated in the body and world, and neuroscience as embedded in a complex cultural context.
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'Critical Neuroscience' brings together leading scholars in a collective effort to understand the impact of the intellectual, economic and political conditions on current views of the brain and how these models may in turn impact society.
Main Description
Critical Neuroscience brings together multi-disciplinary scholars from around the world to explore key social, historical and philosophical studies of neuroscience, and to analyze the socio-cultural implications of recent advances in the field. Original, interdisciplinary approach explores the creative potential for engaging experimental neuroscience with social studies of neuroscience Furthers the dialogue between neuroscience and the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities Transcends traditional scepticism, introducing novel ideas about ‘how to be critical’ in and about science Features contributions from eminent scholars including Steven Rose, Joseph Dumit, Laurence Kirmayer, Shaun Gallagher, Fernando Vidal, Allan Young and Joan Chiao
Back Cover Copy
Critical Neuroscience: A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience brings together leading scholars in a collective effort to understand the impact of the intellectual, economic and political conditions on current views of the brain, and how these models may in turn impact society. The editors create an interdisciplinary forum, within which contributors engage in fruitful debate about the potential of tools, the complexities of data interpretation and the social, political and cultural context of neuroscience research. Spanning such diverse fields as philosophy, anthropology, history of science and psychiatry, the book traces the history of contemporary models of the brain, and brings laboratory observations into the forefront of neuroscientific research. Contributions explore the problem spaces in which knowledge from neuroscience is called upon to classify 'kinds' of people, and the ways in which these findings impact on society in a diverse range of settings. Together, they engage the social sciences and humanities with experimental neuroscience, and address fundamental questions of how to critique neuroscience in society. With illuminating insights and deep scholarly rigour, Critical Neuroscience offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary perspective that aims to enrich our understanding of the brain as situated in the body and world, and neuroscience as embedded in a complex cultural context.
Long Description
Critical Neuroscience: A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience brings together leading scholars in a collective effort to understand the impact of the intellectual, economic and political conditions on current views of the brain, and how these models may in turn impact society. The editors create an interdisciplinary forum, within which contributors engage in fruitful debate about the potential of tools, the complexities of data interpretation and the social, political and cultural context of neuroscience research. Spanning such diverse fields as philosophy, anthropology, history of science and psychiatry, the book traces the history of contemporary models of the brain, and brings laboratory observations into the forefront of neuroscientific research. Contributions explore the problem spaces in which knowledge from neuroscience is called upon to classify kinds of people, and the ways in which these findings impact on society in a diverse range of settings. Together, they engage the social sciences and humanities with experimental neuroscience, and address fundamental questions of how to critique neuroscience in society. With illuminating insights and deep scholarly rigour, Critical Neuroscience offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary perspective that aims to enrich our understanding of the brain as situated in the body and world, and neuroscience as embedded in a complex cultural context.
Table of Contents
Creditsp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. viii
About the Editorsp. x
List of Contributors xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Critical Neuroscience-Between Lifeworld and Laboratoryp. 1
Motivations and Foundationsp. 27
Proposal for a Critical Neurosciencep. 29
The Need for a Critical Neuroscience: From Neuroideology to Neurotechnologyp. 53
Against First Nature: Critical Theory and Neurosciencep. 67
Scanning the Lifeworld: Toward a Critical Neuroscience of Action and Interactionp. 85
Histories of the Brainp. 111
Toys are Us: Models and Metaphors in Brain Researchp. 113
The Neuromance of Cerebral Historyp. 135
Empathic Cruelty and the Origins of the Social Brainp. 159
Neuroscience in Context: From Laboratory to Lifeworldp. 177
Disrupting Images: Neuroscientific Representations in the Lives of Psychiatric Patientsp. 179
Critically Producing Brain Images of Mindp. 195
Radical Reductions: Neurophysiology, Politics and Personhood in Russian Addiction Medicinep. 227
Delirious Brain Chemistry and Controlled Culture: Exploring the Contextual Mediation of Drug Effectsp. 253
Situating the Brain: From Lifeworld Back to Laboratory?p. 263
From Neuroimaging to Tea Leaves in the Bottom of a Cupp. 265
The Salmon of Doubt: Six Months of Methodological Controversy within Social Neurosciencep. 273
Cultural Neuroscience as Critical Neuroscience in Practicep. 287
Beyond Neural Correlates: Ecological Approaches to Psychiatryp. 305
Re-Socializing Psychiatry: Critical Neuroscience and the Limits of Reductionismp. 307
Are Mental Illnesses Diseases of the Brain?p. 331
Are there Neural Correlates of Depression?p. 345
The Future of Critical Neurosciencep. 367
Indexp. 385
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