ブレインスキャンと生物医学的アイデンティティ<br>Picturing Personhood : Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (In-formation Series)

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ブレインスキャンと生物医学的アイデンティティ
Picturing Personhood : Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (In-formation Series)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 272 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780691113982
  • DDC分類 155.2

基本説明

Demonstrating how brain scans, as scientific objects, contribute to our increasing social dependence on scientific authority, the book examines the cultural ramifications of brain-imaging technology.

Full Description


By showing us the human brain at work, PET (positron emission tomography) scans are subtly--and sometimes not so subtly--transforming how we think about our minds. Picturing Personhood follows this remarkable and expensive technology from the laboratory into the world and back. It examines how PET scans are created and how they are being called on to answer myriad questions with far-reaching implications: Is depression an observable brain disease? Are criminals insane? Do men and women think differently? Is rationality a function of the brain? Based on interviews, media analysis, and participant observation at research labs and conferences, Joseph Dumit analyzes how assumptions designed into and read out of the experimental process reinforce specific notions about human nature. Such assumptions can enter the process at any turn, from selecting subjects and mathematical models to deciding which images to publish and how to color them. Once they leave the laboratory, PET scans shape social debates, influence courtroom outcomes, and have positive and negative consequences for people suffering mental illness.Dumit follows this complex story, demonstrating how brain scans, as scientific objects, contribute to our increasing social dependence on scientific authority. The first book to examine the cultural ramifications of brain-imaging technology, Picturing Personhood is an unprecedented study that will influence both cultural studies and the growing field of science and technology studies.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                              ix
Acknowledgments xi
Chapter 1 Introduction 1 (21)
Interlude 1 Thinking about Reading 19 (3)
Chapter 2 Metaphors, Histories, and Visions of 22 (31)
PET
Interlude 2 Reading Function 50 (3)
Chapter 3 Producing Brain Images of Mind 53 (56)
Interlude 3 Who Can Read Other Minds? 106(3)
Chapter 4 Ways of Seeing Brains as Expert Images 109(30)
Interlude 4 Reading into Images 134(5)
Chapter 5 Traveling Images, Popularizing Brains 139(33)
Interlude 5 Living One's Images 170(2)
Chapter 6 Conclusion: Here Is a PET Image of a 172(15)
Person that Shows Depression
Notes 187(22)
Bibliography 209(26)
Index of Names 235(7)
General Index 242