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James Kalat

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 15: Traditional Neuroscience Research Methods

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Traditional Neuroscience Research Methods
Traditional neuroscience research methods

Brain science is difficult and tricky, for some reason; consequently one should not believe a result (one's own or anyone else's) until it is proven backwards and forwards or fits into a framework so highly evolved and systematic that it couldn't be wrong. — David Hubel, personal communication, 1992

It might be an interesting exercise, for someone who has nothing better to do, to compile a list of previously held beliefs about the brain that turned out to be false. Neuroscientists have learned to be cautious. Findings need to be replicated under several conditions with several populations or species, and checked with more than one research method. A conclusion that survives a variety of tests is presumably not an ...

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