"A Mind Plague on Both Your Houses": Imagining the Impact of the Neuro-Turn on the Neurosciences

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Abstract

For the past decade, humanists and social scientists have responded to what some have experienced as an encroaching neuro-presence: the proliferation of neuro-disciplines, the adoption of brain-centrism that has accompanied an explanatory shift from gene to neuron, and the media machine dedicated to all things "neuro-." At the same time, neuroscientists have been reacting to hyperbolic media representations and potentially dubious scientific studies (often grouped under a rubric of pop neuroscience). In this chapter, I explore how the effects of the "neuro-" (and even the "neuro-turn") have been imagined for the neurosciences, and I analyze why the neurosciences are discursively-if not realistically-endangered by the "neuro-." I focus on two examples: the 2012-13 backlash against pop neuroscience, and the EU's Human Brain Project. In closing, I theorize some of the stakes for both the neurosciences and the neuro-turn: these include problems of translation, reputation, and marketability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain
EditorsJon Leefmann, Elisabeth Hildt
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages198-213
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780128042601
ISBN (Print)9780128042052
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 13 2017

Keywords

  • Backlash
  • Human Brain Project
  • Mind Plague
  • Neuromania
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroscientific turn
  • Neuroturn

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Littlefield, M. M. (2017). "A Mind Plague on Both Your Houses": Imagining the Impact of the Neuro-Turn on the Neurosciences. In J. Leefmann, & E. Hildt (Eds.), The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain (pp. 198-213). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-804205-2.00012-4