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NeuroThe New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind$
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Nikolas Rose and Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149608

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149608.001.0001

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The Visible Invisible

The Visible Invisible

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(p.53) Chapter Two The Visible Invisible
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Neuro
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Nikolas Rose

Joelle M. Abi-Rached

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149608.003.0003

This chapter explores the diverse attempts to render “mind” thinkable by means of images. Advances in clinical medicine from the nineteenth century onward went hand in hand with the penetration of the gaze of the doctor into depths of the body itself. There are now many examples of analogous advances linked to the structural imaging of the brain—in the detection of tumors, the identification of lesions, and the mapping of the damage caused by injury or stroke. Thanks to such images, the mind of the neuroscientist, the neurologist, and the psychiatrist now seem able to “walk among the tissues themselves.” Yet, however similar the images of brain function are to those of brain structure, they mislead if they seem to allow the mind of the neuroscientist to walk among thoughts, feelings, or desires. Technology alone, even where it appears to measure neural activity, cannot enable the gaze to bridge the gap between molecules and mental states.

Keywords:   brain imaging, brain function, brain structure, neural activity, molecules, mental states

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