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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 15: 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 ...