Neuroscience Needs Behavior: Correcting a Reductionist Bias

@article{Krakauer2017NeuroscienceNB,
  title={Neuroscience Needs Behavior: Correcting a Reductionist Bias},
  author={John W. Krakauer and Asif A. Ghazanfar and Alex Gomez-Marin and Malcolm A. MacIver and David Poeppel},
  journal={Neuron},
  year={2017},
  volume={93},
  pages={480-490}
}
There are ever more compelling tools available for neuroscience research, ranging from selective genetic targeting to optogenetic circuit control to mapping whole connectomes. These approaches are coupled with a deep-seated, often tacit, belief in the reductionist program for understanding the link between the brain and behavior. The aim of this program is causal explanation through neural manipulations that allow testing of necessity and sufficiency claims. We argue, however, that another… CONTINUE READING
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