Assessing Neuroscience

Here you’ll find a bunch of journal articles, blog posts and books of scholars who critically reflect on the practice, dissemination and construction of neuroscience knowledge. These scholars come from different disciplines: STS, sociology of knowledge, science studies, social neuroscience, cultural neuroscience, feminist studies, and critical neuroscience.

For now, the articles are loosely clustered around themes. The list will be updated continuously.



Alač, M. (2011). Handling Digital Brains: A Laboratory Study of Multimodal Semiotic Interaction in the Age of Computers. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Bennett et al. “Neural Correlates of Interspecies Perspective Taking in the Post-Mortem Atlantic Salmon: An Argument For Proper Multiple Comparisons Correction”. In: Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results, 2010.

Dumit, J. (2004). Picturing personhood: Brain scans and biomedical identity. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Hagner, Michael. 2009. The mind at Work. The visual representation of cerebral processes. In: R. van de Vall & R. Zwijnenberg (eds.) The Body Within: Art, Medicine and Visualisation. Leiden: Brill.

Logothetis, N.K. (2008). What we can do and what we cannot do with fMRI. Nature, 453, 869-878.

Racine, E., Bar-Ilan, O., Illes, J. (2005). fMRI in the public eye. In: Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 6, 159-164.

Roepstorff, A. (2004). Mapping brain mappers: An Ethnographic coda. In: R. Frackowiak et al (eds). Human Brain Function. Elsevier, 2004, 1105-1117.


On statistics

Bishop, D. (2012). Lecture ‘Intervention for Language impairment: can neuroscience help?’

Jordan-Young, R.M. (2010). Brain Storm: the flaws in the science of sex differences. Harvard: Harvard University Press.

Neurobonkers. (2012). The Science of Bad Neuroscience

Nieuwenhuis, S. et al, (2011). Erroneous analyses of interactions in neuroscience: a problem of significance. Nature Reviews Neuroscience (14), 9, 1105-1107.

Poole, S. Your brain on pseudoscience: the rise of popular neurobollocks. In: NewStatesman, September 16 2012.


On popular representation

Goldacre, B. (2003). Work out your Mind. Retrieved 17-04-2012 from

Eliot, L. (2012). Pink Brain Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps – and What We Can Do About It. Oxford: Oneworld Publications.

Fine, C. (2010). Delusions of Gender. How our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism create Difference. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Marcus, G. (2012) Neuroscience Fiction. In: New Yorker, December 2, 2012.

O’Connor, C., Rees, G., & Joffe, H. (2012). Neuroscience in the Public Sphere. In: Neuron, 74 (2), 220-226.

Pasquinelli, E. (2011). Knowledge-, and Evidence-based Education: reasons, trends, and contents. In: Mind, Brain & Education (5), 4, 186-195.

Weisberg, D.S. et al. (2008). The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations. In: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(3), 470-477.


 On neuroculture

Abi-Rached, J. & Rose, N. (2010). The Birth of the Neuromolecular Gaze. In: History of the Human Sciences, 23 (1): 11-36.

Choudhury, S., Slaby, J. (2012). Introduction: Critical Neuroscience: Between Lifeworld and Laboratory. In: Choudhury, S., Slaby, J. (eds.). Critical Neuroscience: A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience. West-Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

Littlefield, M.M & Johnson, J.M.  (eds) (2012) The Neuroscientific Turn: transdisciplinarity in the age of the brain. Ann Arbor: The University of
Michigan Press.

Noë, A. (2009). Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. New York: Hill and Wang.

O’Connor, C., Rees, G., & Joffe, H. (2012). Neuroscience in the Public Sphere. In: Neuron, 74 (2), 220-226.

Ortega, F. & Vidal, F. (eds) (2011). Neurocultures: glimpses into an expanding universe. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishers.

Pickersgill, M., Van Keulen, I. (2011). Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences. In: Advances in Medical Sociology volume 13. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Tallis, R. (2011). Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity. Durham: Acumen.

Vrecko, S. (2010). Neuroscience, power and culture. History of the Human Sciences, 23: 1.




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