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Over‐Interpreting Functional Neuroimages

Burock, Marc (2009) Over‐Interpreting Functional Neuroimages. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Cognitive neuroscientists use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure properties of a participant’s brain during a cognitive task. These imaging results are transformed into compelling pictures of brain activity using statistical models. I will argue that, for a broad class of experiments, neuroimaging experts have a tendency to over‐interpret the functional significance of their data. This over‐interpretation appears to follow from contentious theoretical assumptions about the mind‐brain connection, and from a propensity to conflate the anatomical location of a statistically‐significant correlation with knowledge of the mechanistic functioning at that location.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Cognitive Neuroscience; fMRI; Neuroimaging; Mental Mechanisms
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
    Depositing User: Marc Burock
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4900
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4900

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