Analogy and Metaphor Running Amok: An Examination of the Use of Explanatory Devices in Neuroscience

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The use of analogy and metaphor as descriptive and explanatory devices in neuroscientific research was examined. In particular, four analogies/metaphors common to research having to do with the brain and its function were illustrated. It is argued that the use of these and other similar literary devices in neuroscientific research sometimes leads to certain conceptual confusions and, thus, fails to aid in clarifying the nature of those phenomena they are intended to explain. 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Keywords neuroscience   analogy   metaphor   explanatory devices
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