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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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Managing Brains, Minds, and Selves

Managing Brains, Minds, and Selves

(p.225) Conclusion Managing Brains, Minds, and Selves

Nikolas Rose

Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter suggests that for the human sciences, there is nothing to fear in the rise to prominence of neurobiological attempt to understand and account for human behavior. It is important to point out the many weaknesses in the experimental setups and procedures, for example, in the uses of animal models and in the interpretations of brain imaging data generated in the highly artificial social situations of the laboratory. In the necessity for this criticism, there is also opportunity. There are many opportunities for a more positive role for the social and human sciences that engages directly with these truth claims, that seizes on the new openness provided by conceptions of the neuromolecular, plastic, and social brain to find some rapprochement.

Keywords:   human sciences, neurobiology, human behavior, animal models, brain imaging data, social sciences, neuromolecular brain, plastic brain, social brain

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