Issues to consider:

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Issues to consider:
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Consider the assumptions that underlie the study of damaged brains for understanding normal brain function.
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Consider the assumptions that underlie interpreting functional brain imaging data for understanding processes in the brain.
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Is studying a group of patients with similar disorders likely to provide better insights to normal functions in the brain?
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Consider criticisms that have been made of how imaging data are processed and interpreted.
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Are any assumptions common to both how we interpret data from patients with brain damage and functional imaging of healthy brains?
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What factors limit our ability to extrapolate from one patient with brain damage (or one individual in the scanner) to other individuals?
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Important papers:
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Coltheart, M. (2017). The assumptions of cognitive neuropsychology: Reflections on Caramazza (1984, 1986). Cognitive Neuropsychology 34, 397-402. Link
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Eklund, A., Nichols, T. E., & Knutsson, H. (2016). Cluster failure: Why fMRI inferences for spatial extent have inflated false-positive rates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, 7900-7905. Link
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Patterson, K., & Plaut, D. C. (2009). “Shallow draughts intoxicate the brain”: Lessons from cognitive science for cognitive neuropsychology. Topics in Cognitive Science 1, 39-58. Link

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