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Neuroscience and the Future of Psychology


Stephan Schleim

If psychology is the science of human mind and behavior and if the brain is the source of all mental and behavioral events, will neuroscientists then ultimately be the better psychologists? Will they replace psychological research as it exists today?

Recent public debates demonstrate that some neurologists and neuroscientists base far-reaching statements about human nature on brain-research; but it is hardly communicated that even the results of modern brain-scans are based on operationalizations, pragmatical decisions, choice of methods, and, ultimately, a lot of interpretation about the functional role of brain areas. For example, there is some evidence for interpreting the findings of one of my experiments as shown in the picture, but the bubbles could also have been filled differently.

My research focuses on the relation between psychology, the society, and neuroscience. In the long run I hope to contribute to a psychology and philosophy of neuroscience, for example, models for the brain-mind-inference, structure-function-associations, arguments for/against a strict reduction of humans to their brains, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of brain research.

Stephan Schleim, PhD, M.A., Assistant Professor for Theory and History of Psychology

Laatst gewijzigd:23 oktober 2012 10:11