Friday, 29 May 2015

Neuroscience is too modular

The advances in neuroimaging during the 1990's provided a strong pull for Psychologists to move into neuroscience and study the brains function in vivo.

This shift has been amazing for developing our understanding of cognitive processes from a neural perspective. However the combination of brain imaging experiments and Psychologists with their baggage of abstract conceptualisations and box and arrow diagrams, has provided fertile ground for hundreds of publications that push a modular, or neo-phrenologic, perspective on brain functioning.

In short Psychology breeding with neuroimaging has spawned many modular neuroscientists. Researchers who label the cortical anatomy by their alleged function: Language, Inhibition, or motor centres. There simply isn't enough space to fit the whole of Psychology onto the cortex!