The role of fMRI in Cognitive Neuroscience: where do we stand?

@article{Poldrack2008TheRO,
  title={The role of fMRI in Cognitive Neuroscience: where do we stand?},
  author={Russell A. Poldrack},
  journal={Current Opinion in Neurobiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={18},
  pages={223-227}
}
  • R. Poldrack
  • Published 1 April 2008
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has quickly become the most prominent tool in cognitive neuroscience. In this article, I outline some of the limits on the kinds of inferences that can be supported by fMRI, focusing particularly on reverse inference, in which the engagement of specific mental processes is inferred from patterns of brain activation. Although this form of inference is weak, newly developed methods from the field of machine learning offer the potential to formalize and… 
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