Images are not the (only) truth: Brain mapping, visual knowledge, and iconoclasm

Beaulieu, A., 2002, In : Science technology & human values. 27, 1, p. 53-86 34 p.

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Representations of the active brain have served to establish a particular domain of competence for brain mappers and to distinguish brain mapping's particular contributions to mind/brain research. At the heart of the claims about the emerging contributions of functional brain mapping is a paradox: functional imagers seem, to reject representations while also using them at multiple points in their work. This article therefore considers a love-hate relationship between scientists and their object: the case of the iconoclastic imager This paradoxical stance is the result of the formation of an interdisciplinary approach that brings together a number of scientific traditions and their particular standards of what constitutes scientific evidence. By examining the various ways in which images are deployed and rejected, the origins of these conflicting tendencies can be traced to the technological, methodological, and institutional elements in the work of functional imagers. This approach provides insight into the cut-rent demarcation of imaging and reflects on features of visual knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-86
Number of pages34
JournalScience technology & human values
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes



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