In this episode we explain our general sympathies with this argument, but question the extent to which change is required. Should all neuroscientists stop what they're doing and study behavior? Are modern technologies drawing scientists away from the "bigger questions"? No, probably not. But this article does bring up questions about how we, as individuals and as a field, choose what to study. Different implicit beliefs about what levels of explanation are satisfying lead to different research priorities. Progress in neuroscience would be best suited by neuroscientists who better understand these implicit beliefs in themselves and others.
Neuroscience Needs Behavior: Correcting a Reductionist Bias
Episode 8: Neuroscience vs. Psychology
Episode 7: Optogenetics
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As always, our jazzy theme music "Quirky Dog" is courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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