Mindless Neuroscience

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Sally Satel, psychiatrist, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine, as well as Scott O. Lilienfeld, clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Emory University, warn that brain scans are not necessarily the best way to understand psychology. Both are authors of the book Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (Basic Books, 2013).


Scott O. Lilienfeld and Dr. Sally Satel

Comments [11]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights


WBAI has outlived its usefulness. 99.5 should be sold to FOX and with the proceeds WBAI should move to a Internet Only presence where it can stand out amongst a million other voices.

Jul. 05 2013 03:15 PM
Fuzzy Dunlop from Yonkers

I stopped at "American Enterprise Institute." WNYC/NPR: bringing you the dominant hegemonic ideological discourse, but whispered and with a "liberal" veneer... Listen to WBAI 99.5 instead...

Jul. 03 2013 12:15 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Brian never asked what these people’s real political agenda is. What are they really after, pseudoscience about addiction?
Give the addict money and that will change behavior?

Jul. 02 2013 12:06 PM
John A

Your brain makes you do things, yes, but you make your brain, especially when adult. You should always strive to be self aware and self responsible. To the other commenter.

Jul. 02 2013 11:44 AM
Kirke from Chatham

Youcan look at some knowledge in layers. For example, you can EXPLAIN chemistry in terms on physics but you can't PREDICT chemistry from physics. Similarly for psychology and sociology. I think this applies to trying to determine mind states from brain scans.

Jul. 02 2013 11:42 AM
Simons from Jersey City

Why disparage the concept of my brain made me do it?
What else would you suggest makes people do anything?
Just because the conclusion is awkward for our current legal system does not mean it is incorrect.

Jul. 02 2013 11:39 AM
John A

People who 'always light up'' tend to worship scientists talking about their brain always lighting up, when viewed under the MRI.

Jul. 02 2013 11:35 AM
Valma from Rutherford, NJ

What you are addressing is called "ecological validity" and I thank you for bringing it up to the general public. Experiments often times lack this validity and pretend they hold valid in the outside world. There is a little known field in psychology called environmental psychology that does not get the respect it deserves, in part due to the cult of the brain.

Jul. 02 2013 11:32 AM
Guy from NYC

Can you give us some examples of "good" or more responsible use of these technologies? How about the way Lakoff's neural theory of metaphor and that sort of thing uses brain science?

Jul. 02 2013 11:29 AM
Matt from BK

Thanks. Quick question as to how much of the science nowadays are developing more sophisticated techniques of using fMRI in per se pattern recognition in relation to time for functionality of the brain as more fluid. Now we just see stills of areas of heightened activity but we don't ever really see fluid patterns to help recognize more complex cognitive thought. Can we really generalize?

Jul. 02 2013 11:26 AM
John A

There are some very proud types at the pinnacle of MRI science. They purport to even be able to replace human morality with science-only solutions, excluding even philosophy. I guess that's hubris defined. Then there are the silicon valley billionaires saying they are ready to completely replace the human mind in just 10 or 20 years. For there to be a book to say B*S* to all of this, then great!

Jul. 02 2013 11:11 AM

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