Vital Models: The Making And Use Of Models In The Brain Sciences by Tara MahfoudVital Models: The Making And Use Of Models In The Brain Sciences by Tara Mahfoud

Vital Models: The Making And Use Of Models In The Brain Sciences

byTara MahfoudEditorSam Mclean, Nikolas Rose

Hardcover | August 12, 2017

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The use of models has been important to the historical and contemporary study of the human brain, yet very little study by social scientists has been dedicated to how the brain sciences develop and use models to better understand what brains are and how they work, including the complex entanglements between brains, bodies and their environments.Vital Models: The Making and Use of Models in the Brain Sciences explores the history and use of brain models from clinical psychiatry to psychopharmacology and cybernetics, as well as developments in digital brain modeling, simulation, imaging and connectomics.

This timely volume helps both scientists and students better understand the variety, strengths, weaknesses and applicability of models in neuroscience.



  • Presents a timely update on the topic of brain research and modeling techniques
  • Contains sections from true authorities in the field
Tara Mahfoud is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine. She has a Masters degree in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the American University of Beirut. Her dissertation is an ethnography of brain modeling and ...
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Title:Vital Models: The Making And Use Of Models In The Brain SciencesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:August 12, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:012804215X

ISBN - 13:9780128042151

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PrefaceTara Mahfoud, Sam McLean and Nikolas Rose1. Vital brains: On the entanglement of media, minds, and modelsCornelius Borck2. Slicing the cortex to study mental illness: Alois Alzheimer's pictures of equivalenceLara Keuck3. Opaque models: Using drugs and dreams to explore the neurobiological basis of mental phenomenaNicolas Langlitz4. Man not a machine: models, minds, and mental labor, c.1980Max Stadler5. Infrastructural intelligence: Contemporary entanglements of neuroscience and AIJohannes Bruder6. Learning from large-scale neural simulationsMaria Serban7. Connectomes as constitutively epistemic objects: critical perspectives on modeling in current neuroanatomyPhilipp Haueis, Jan Slaby8. Bridging the gap between system and cell: The role of ultra-high field MRI in human neuroscienceRobert Turner, Daniel De Haan