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The New Phrenology: The Limits of Localizing Cognitive Processes in the Brain (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology) Paperback – January 24, 2003

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  • Series: Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology
  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book (January 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262710102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262710107
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,666,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Uttal's new book The New Phrenology is an iconoclastic attack on even the possibility of the localization of cognitive function in the brain. Criticizing attempts from Lashley to today, Uttal is particularly scathing about current studies of imaging the human brain."--Charles Gross, Department of Psychology, Princeton University

"With the recent explosion of new imaging methods allowing us to visualize the thinking brain, now is the perfect time to reconsider the question being addressed in this monograph--can psychological processes be localized? William Uttal's answer is provocative, yet well balanced; while it serves as a statement of caution, it is also encouraging. Anyone interested in how the brain works will enjoy and benefit from reading this treatise."--Mark D'Esposito, Director, Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center, University of California, Berkeley

"This is an exciting book...." Vanja Kljajevic Metapsychology

About the Author

William R. Uttal is Professor Emeritus (Engineering) at Arizona State University and Professor Emeritus (Psychology) at the University of Michigan. He is the author of many books, including The New Phrenology: On the Localization of Cognitive Processes in the Brain (MIT Press).

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I admit I'm biased. William Uttal got his PhD in experimental psychology from the same school I did just a few years before I arrived there. I knew his major professor as he surely must have known mine. I came to my behaviorism easily; Uttal has concluded his career at about the same place: there can be no neural structures corresponding to so-called cognitive processes. As he notes in his follow-on book, Distributed Neural Systems, also well worth reading, we have the knowledge of what is going on in the brain; what we do not have is an adequate theory to explain what we are seeing. Why we don't, in my opinion, is: We have not come to grips with the need to segregate first person as opposed to third-person discourse. Indeed, I would add, psychologists have by and large neglected the study of language--either their own or that of their subjects.
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