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Single Idea 4903

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 2. Reduction of Mind]

Full Idea

The pattern of brain activation during, say, a word retrieval task is usually similar enough among the dozen or so participants who typically take part in such studies for their scans to be overlaid and still show a clear pattern.

Gist of Idea

Scans of brains doing similar tasks produce very similar patterns of activation


Rita Carter (Mapping the Mind [1998], p. 17)

Book Reference

Carter,Rita: 'Mapping the Mind' [Phoenix 2000], p.17

A Reaction

This doesn't surprise me, though it could be interpreted as supporting type-type identity, or as supporting functionalism. Armstrong and Lewis endorse a sort of reductive functionalism which would fit this observation.