Cognitive Neuroscience: The Troubled Marriage of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience

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should be sent to Dr. Richard P. Cooper, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK. E-mail: r.cooper@bbk.ac.uk

Abstract

We discuss the development of cognitive neuroscience in terms of the tension between the greater sophistication in cognitive concepts and methods of the cognitive sciences and the increasing power of more standard biological approaches to understanding brain structure and function. There have been major technological developments in brain imaging and advances in simulation, but there have also been shifts in emphasis, with topics such as thinking, consciousness, and social cognition becoming fashionable within the brain sciences. The discipline has great promise in terms of applications to mental health and education, provided it does not abandon the cognitive perspective and succumb to reductionism.

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