Interpreting Neuroimages: An Introduction to the Technology and Its Limits
Editors: Josephine Johnston and Erik Parens
Neuroimages—depictions of the structure of the brain and of changes that occur within the brain as people have sensations, thoughts, and feelings—are increasingly important in biomedical research and are also used in medicine, in courtrooms, and in everyday discussions about what people are—what it means to be a person or to be free, for example. Neuroimages are certainly visually arresting. What do they really tell us? This special report is available for free.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Neuroimaging: Beginning to Appreciate Its Complexities
Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston
Functional Neuroimaging: Technical, Logical, and Social Perspectives
Geoffrey K. Aguirre
Brain Images, Babies, and Bath Water: Critiquing Critiques of Functional Neuroimaging
Martha J. Farah
Neuroimaging and Psychiatry: The Long Road from Bench to Bedside
Helen S. Mayberg
Seeing Responsibility: Can Neuroimaging Teach Us Anything about Moral and Legal Responsibility?
David Wasserman and Josephine Johnston
Afterward: Living with the Ancient Puzzle