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Covers a controversial and timely topic in both neuropsychology and social sciences
Describes a development that has increasingly affected sociology, philosophy and economics alike in recent years
Presents four key reasons of why the author is of the opinion that there currently is no true and fruitful cross-fertilization between the neursciences and the social sciences
In recent years, a number of new disciplines have emerged that are characterized by the prefix “neuro” added to the name of a traditional discipline from the fields of social sciences or humanities. As a result, we now for example have “neuro-sociology”, “neuro-ethics" and “neuro-marketing”: “neuro+” disciplines. In this book, author Carlo Umilta asks the obvious question whether the flourishing of “neuro+” disciplines is an index of a true and fruitful cross-fertilization between the fields of social sciences and humanities in general and the field of cognitive neuroscience. In four compelling arguments presented in this comprehensive libretto, he argues that the answer to this question should be in the negative.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »critique and neuro-sociology - localization of mental functions - mapping the brain - neurology of mental functions - neuroscience and social science - social science and neuroscience collaboration