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Psycho-neural reduction through functional sub-types

Soom, Patrice and Sachse, Christian and Esfeld, Michael (2009) Psycho-neural reduction through functional sub-types. [Preprint]


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The paper argues that a functional reduction of ordinary psychology to neuropsychology is possible by means of constructing fine-grained functional, mental sub-types that are coextensive with neuropsychological types. We establish this claim by means of considering as examples the cases of the disconnection syndrome and schizophrenia. We point out that the result is a conservative reduction, vindicating the scientific quality of the mental types of ordinary psychology by systematically linking them with neuroscience. That procedure of conservative reduction by means of functional sub-types is in principle repeatable down to molecular neuroscience.

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Item Type: Preprint
Soom, Patrice
Sachse, Christian
Esfeld, Michael
Keywords: causal properties, functional reduction, new wave reductionism, psycho-neural reduction, split brain
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Michael Esfeld
Date Deposited: 25 May 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4644

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