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Mechanisms and Model-based fMRI

Povich, Mark (2014) Mechanisms and Model-based fMRI. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Mechanistic explanations satisfy widely held norms of explanation: the ability to control and answer counterfactual questions about the explanandum. A currently debated issue is whether any non-mechanistic explanations can satisfy these explanatory norms. Weiskopf (2011) argues that the models of object recognition and categorization, JIM, SUSTAIN, and ALCOVE, are not mechanistic, yet satisfy these norms of explanation. In this paper I will argue that these models are sketches of mechanisms. My argument will make use of model-based fMRI, a novel neuroimaging approach whose significance for current debates on psychological models and mechanistic explanation has yet to be explored.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Povich, Markmapovich@gmail.com
Keywords: Models, psychology, psychological models, mechanism, mechanisms, mechanistic explanation, mechanistic models, neuroscience, neuroimaging, fMRI, model-based, model-based fMRI, explanation, object recognition, JIM, SUSTAIN, ALCOVE, Weiskopf
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Mr. Mark Povich
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 14:58
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2014 02:06
Item ID: 11051
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: 29 September 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11051

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