Review of Bennett and Hacker's History of Cognitive Neuroscience



Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Summer 2010


What purpose history of science? Old-style writers adopt the present as key perspective, depicting an ever-advancing forward march. Contemporary historians usually prefer exploring social and cultural influences. A third tactic is also available: history to clarify conceptual frames. Do brains see, attend, remember, think, understand, translate, and emote? More to the point, do synaptic networks possess psychological attributes? In a provocative century-plus spanning history of empirical work in cognitive neuroscience, Maxwell Bennett and Peter Hacker answer a resounding no.

Publication Title

Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

Publisher Statement

Copyright 2010 by Journal of the History of Cognitive Neuroscience published by Wiley Periodicals.




This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wight, R. D. (2010). Review of Bennett and Hacker's History of Cognitive Neuroscience. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 46, 329-331, which has been published in final form at 10.1002/jhbs.20452. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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