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Neuroscience Needs Behavior: Correcting a Reductionist Bias

Overview of attention for article published in Neuron, February 2017
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Title
Neuroscience Needs Behavior: Correcting a Reductionist Bias
Published in
Neuron, February 2017
DOI 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.12.041
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Authors

John W. Krakauer, Asif A. Ghazanfar, Alex Gomez-Marin, Malcolm A. MacIver, David Poeppel

Abstract

There are ever more compelling tools available for neuroscience research, ranging from selective genetic targeting to optogenetic circuit control to mapping whole connectomes. These approaches are coupled with a deep-seated, often tacit, belief in the reductionist program for understanding the link between the brain and behavior. The aim of this program is causal explanation through neural manipulations that allow testing of necessity and sufficiency claims. We argue, however, that another equally important approach seeks an alternative form of understanding through careful theoretical and experimental decomposition of behavior. Specifically, the detailed analysis of tasks and of the behavior they elicit is best suited for discovering component processes and their underlying algorithms. In most cases, we argue that study of the neural implementation of behavior is best investigated after such behavioral work. Thus, we advocate a more pluralistic notion of neuroscience when it comes to the brain-behavior relationship: behavioral work provides understanding, whereas neural interventions test causality.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 38 2%
United Kingdom 14 <1%
Germany 10 <1%
Japan 4 <1%
Canada 4 <1%
Belgium 3 <1%
France 3 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Other 15 <1%
Unknown 1777 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 619 33%
Researcher 340 18%
Student > Master 214 11%
Student > Bachelor 202 11%
Unspecified 115 6%
Other 382 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Neuroscience 577 31%
Psychology 413 22%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 336 18%
Unspecified 202 11%
Medicine and Dentistry 69 4%
Other 275 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 847. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 March 2019.
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#4,891
of 12,696,469 outputs
Outputs from Neuron
#9
of 7,293 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#309
of 340,771 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Neuron
#2
of 129 outputs
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