Aligning Multiple Research Techniques in Cognitive Neuroscience: Why Is It Important?

Philosophy of Science 69 (S3):S48-S58 (2002)
The need to align multiple experimental procedures and produce converging results so as to demonstrate that the phenomenon under investigation is real and not an artifact is a commonplace both in scientific practice and discussions of scientific methodology (Campbell and Stanley 1963; Wimsatt 1981). Although sometimes this is the purpose of aligning techniques, often there is a different purpose—multiple techniques are sought to supply different perspectives on the phenomena under investigation that need to be integrated to answer the questions scientists are asking. After introducing this function, I will illustrate it by considering three of the major techniques in cognitive neuroscience for linking cognitive function with neural structure
Keywords Cognitive Science  Neuroscience  Research  Science  Technique
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DOI 10.1086/341767
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