The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain

Melissa M. Littlefield (Editor), Jenell M. Johnson (Editor)

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Abstract

The Neuroscientific Turn brings together 19 scholars from a variety of fields to reflect on the promises of and challenges facing emergent "neurodisciplines" such as neuroethics, neuroeconomics, and neurohistory. In the aftermath of the Decade of the Brain, neuroscience has become one of the hottest topics of study-not only for scientists but also, increasingly, for scholars from the humanities and social sciences. While the popular press has simultaneously lauded and loathed the coming "neurorevolution," the academy has yet to voice any collective speculations about whether there is any coherence to this neuroscientific turn; what this turn will and should produce; and what implications it has for inter- or transdisciplinary inquiry.

Melissa M. Littlefield and Jenell M. Johnson provide an initial framework for this most recent of "turns" by bringing together 14 original essays by scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and neurosciences. The resulting collection will appeal to neuroscientists curious about their colleagues' interest in their work; scholars and students both in established neurodisciplines and in disciplines such as sociology or English wondering about how to apply neuroscience findings to their home disciplines; and to science, technology, and society scholars and students interested in the roles of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in the construction of knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages268
Volume9780472028351
ISBN (Electronic)9780472028351
ISBN (Print)9780472118267
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Introduction: Theorizing the Neuroscientific Turn—Critical Perspectives on a Translational Discipline

    Littlefield, M. M. & Johnson, J. M., Jan 1 2012, The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. Littlefield, M. M. & Johnson, J. M. (eds.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, p. 1-25 25 p.

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    "The Paradise of Non-Experts": The Neuroscientific Turn of the 1840s United States

    Murison, J. S., Jan 1 2012, The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. Littlefield, M. M. & Johnson, J. M. (eds.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, p. 29-48 20 p.

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