Foundations of neuroscience /

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Author / Creator:Jacobson, Marcus, 1930-2001
Imprint:New York : Plenum Press, c1993.
Description:xi, 387 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-374) and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Ch. 1. Making Brain Models. 1.1. The Argument. 1.2. Mental Models and the Search for Meaning. 1.3. Making and Breaking Neuroscience Theories. 1.4. Maturation of Neuroscience Theories. 1.5. Discovery and Rediscovery: Disputes about Priority
  • Ch. 2. Neuroreductionism. 2.1. The Argument. 2.2. Definition, Assumptions, and Goals of Neuroreductionism. 2.3. Reduction by Analogy, Homology, and Comparative Extrapolation. 2.4. The Appeal of Simplicity. 2.5. Reduction Reveals Relations. 2.6. Ontological Status of Neuroreductionism. 2.7. Experimental and Intertheoretic Reduction. 2.8. Are There Emergent Properties of Complex Neural Systems? 2.9. Mental-to-Neural Reduction. 2.10. Can Identity of Mental and Neural Events Be Demonstrated? 2.11. Psychophysical Dualism: Its Place in Neuroscience. 2.12. Opposition to Reductionism. 2.13. On Causal Explanations in Neuroscience
  • Ch. 3. Struggle for Synthesis of the Neuron Theory. 3.1. The Argument. 3.2. Remarks on Historiography of Neuroscience. 3.3. Facts Are Necessary, Explanations Essential. 3.4. Construction of the Neuron Theory by Consilience from Lower-Level Theories. 3.5. Neuron Theory in Relation to Microreduction of Nervous Systems. 3.6. Neuronal Typology. 3.7. The Dictatorship of Techniques. 3.8. Theories of Nerve Fiber Development. 3.9. Theories of Nerve Cell Microspecialization. 3.10. Theories of the Nerve Cell Membrane. 3.11. Theories of Nerve Connections: Continuity Theories. 3.12. Theories of Nerve Connections: Surface Contacts and Synapses. 3.13. Conclusions
  • Ch. 4. Hero Worship and the Heroic in Neuroscience. 4.1. The Argument. 4.2. The Cult of Heroic Scientists. 4.3. Cajal's Case: "The Bonfire of the Vanities" 4.4. Sherrington's Case: "The Corrections and Restraints of Art"
  • Ch. 5. Ethics in Science. 5.1. The Argument. 5.2. Neuroscientific Ethics - Ethical Neuroscience. 5.3. "Moral Rules Need a Proof; Ergo Not Innate" 5.4. The Process of Iterative Reflective Judgment. 5.5. Ethical Conduct for Reaching Consensus. 5.6. Development of Ethical Consciousness.