Brain imaging : Making the unobservable observable?(Brain imaging and psychonomic science,Symposium 2 at the 26th Annual Meeting)

Bruno LAENG
2008 The Japanese Journal of Psychonomic Science  
Neuroimagjng techniques have now made possible to "view" brain processes that before were not visible. Such revolutionary methods have caused much enthusiasm within thc neuroscicnces as well as in the general publiq but some schelars remain $keptical about the actual progress derived from such a research. Among the criticisrns, the localizing power of brain scans seems to add little knowledge about how the mind works. However, it can be argued that neuroimaging studies can be theoretically
more » ... ded and strongLy contribute to our understanding of the mind. Indeed, our understanding of particularly diMcult issues, like that of hllman consciousness, may greatly benefit from the ability to observe neural activity as it happcns inside our heads. For example, private experiences as "seeing" mental images or synaesthetic colors can be shown to correlate to neural activity in the brain's sensory areas that support visual perception. Not only this evidence confirms the sensorial aspect of these conscious events but it has also the power to resokre long-standing theoretical issues about their nature,
doi:10.14947/psychono.kj00005084873 fatcat:d3ykr2l7bbfm5mftswzaudqomy