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Mind, Brain and Adaptation in the Nineteenth Century: Cerebral Localization and its Biological Context from Gall to Ferrier, by Robert Young:


‘Originally published in 1970 - and later reissued with a preface which contextualises Young’s argument within his ongoing research on Darwin, Marx and Freud - Mind, Brain and Adaptation is now reissued for the first time in the 21st century by the author’s own publishing house. Young examines early ideas on the nature of and localizations of the functions of the brain in light of the philosophical constraints in science in the 19th century. Particular attention is paid to phrenology, sensory-motor physiology, associationist psychology, and the theory of evolution as applied to the study of psychology. The author argues that the methods and assumptions of modern science achieved apparent success in this domain at the expense of the biological approach which justified the the integration of formerly disparate traditions. The fascinating historical case studies cited continue to illuminate the work of modern-day neuroscientists and the most basic assumptions of their field.’



Mind, Brain and Adaptation in the Nineteenth Century:

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