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The Mind At Work: The Visual Representation Of Cerebral Processes

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The debate surrounding cerebral representation and the localisation of mental processes has become lively of late. In the history of the human sciences, innovations in visualisation technology have affected the perception of the physical and mental nature of man. This chapter presents a brief historical overview of the older images of the brain. It distinguishes the recent brain images from the old ones, and point to several possible consequences of this difference. Functional images have a history of their own independent of morphological images, as becomes clear from the development of the cerebral localisation of mental faculties. The visual representation of physical or psychological brain functions is as old as the idea of localising mental properties in the brain. All the brain images of the new cognitive neurosciences have a strong physiognomic aspect.

Keywords: brain images; cerebral representation; cognitive neurosciences; visualisation technology



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