Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 195–208 | Cite as

Neuroscience and the Art of Single Cell Recordings

  • Valerie Gray Hardcastle
  • C. Matthew Stewart


This article examines how scientists move from physical measurementsto actual observation of single-cell recordings in the brain. We highlight how easy it is to change the fundamental nature of ourobservations using accepted methodological techniques for manipulatingraw data. Collecting single-cell data is thoroughly pragmatic. Weconclude that there is no deep or interesting difference betweenaccounting for observations by measurements and accounting forobservations by theories.

neuroscience observation phenomena single-cell recordings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valerie Gray Hardcastle
    • 1
  • C. Matthew Stewart
    • 2
  1. 1.Science and Technology Studies, Department of PhilosophyVirginia TechBlacksburgU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of OtolaryngologyUniversity of Texas Medical Branch-GalvestonTexasU.S.A

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