The plastic brain: neoliberalism and the neuronal self.

@article{PittsTaylor2010ThePB,
  title={The plastic brain: neoliberalism and the neuronal self.},
  author={Victoria Pitts-Taylor},
  journal={Health},
  year={2010},
  volume={14 6},
  pages={
          635-52
        }
}
Neuroscience-based representations and practices of the brain aimed at lay populations present the brain in ways that both affirm biological determinism and also celebrate plasticity, or the brain's ability to change structure and function. Popular uses of neuroscientific theories of brain plasticity are saturated with a neoliberal vision of the subject. Against more optimistic readings of plasticity, I view the popular deployment of plasticity through the framework of governmentality. I… CONTINUE READING

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