Neuroimaging and Biology
Remarkably, the caverns of the mind are indeed shining beyond their portholes, though the terrain revealed sometimes appears new and strange. Being able to see inside the heads of living, thinking people has revolutionized the way human neuroscience is conducted and has captured the imagination of neuroscientists around the world. Our technological tools have developed so rapidly, however, that there is substantial uncertainty as to how they are best utilized. The promise of neuroimaging is unfulfilled, though a respectable downpayment has been made. The chapters in these two volumes provide a superb summary of past achievements and numerous insights regarding technical and experimental innovation. In this brief chapter, I will not attempt to summarize these chapters, but rather, offer some comments designed to place the field of neuroimaging in a larger scientific context, in particular, that of theoretical biology.
KeywordsBrain Size Dichotic Listening Developmental Instability Information Processing Mechanism Anatomic Asymmetry
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