Great expectations: what can fMRI research tell us about psychological phenomena?

Aue, Tatjana; Lavelle, Leah A; Cacioppo, John T (2009). Great expectations: what can fMRI research tell us about psychological phenomena? International journal of psychophysiology, 73(1), pp. 10-16. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2008.12.017

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Expectations for what functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can offer psychophysiology vary greatly. Overreaching enthusiasm such as the idea that fMRI can reveal lies and political attitudes are as common as the opinion that fMRI, in its current form, is useless for the advancement of psychological theories. Errors in the inferences being drawn from fMRI data may be contributing to each of these extreme positions, so the present paper addresses these several common inferential errors and describes some of the potential of fMRI for psychophysiological theory and research.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology

UniBE Contributor:

Aue, Tatjana

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

0167-8760

Publisher:

Elsevier

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] National Institute of Mental Health

Language:

English

Submitter:

Tatjana Aue

Date Deposited:

24 Aug 2015 10:53

Last Modified:

02 Jul 2018 10:58

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2008.12.017

PubMed ID:

19232374

Uncontrolled Keywords:

fMRI, inference, reverse inference

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.71224

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/71224

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