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Mapping Rhetorical Topologies in Cognitive Neuroscience

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Many tools that neuroscientists use to trace the complex topography of the human brain draw on the neuroscience literature to yield “metanalyses” or “syntheses of data.” These approaches conflate rhetorical connections in the literature with physical connections in the brain. By contrast, the model presented in this chapter seeks not a topography of the brain but a topology of neuroscience. A social network analysis of titles and abstracts for cognitive neuroscience articles yields a topology of brain regions and functions. This map can help researchers identify underresearched areas (e.g., the thalamus) or areas that are oversaturated (e.g., the amygdala). The map also helps researchers identify subdisciplines, such as “neuroeconomics,” that have not yet integrated with the broader field—“islands” where rhetorical work could yield benefits.

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  • Anterior Cingulate Cortex
  • Common Topic
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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Jack, J., Appelbaum, L.G., Beam, E., Moody, J., Huettel, S.A. (2017). Mapping Rhetorical Topologies in Cognitive Neuroscience. In: Walsh, L., Boyle, C. (eds) Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51268-6_7

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