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Philosophy of Computational Cultural Neuroscience

1st Edition

By Joan Y Chiao


192 pages

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This book aims to illuminate theoretical and methodological advances in computational cultural neuroscience and the implications of these advances for philosophy. Philosophical studies in computational cultural neuroscience introduce core considerations such as culture and computation, and the role of scientific and technological progression for the advancement of cultural processes.

The study of how cultural and biological factors shape human behaviour has been an important inquiry for centuries, and recent advances in the field of computational cultural neuroscience allow for novel insights into the computational foundations of cultural processes in the structural and functional organization of the nervous system. The author examines the computational foundations of the mind and brain across cultures and investigates the influence of culture on the computational mind and brain. The book explores recent advances in the field, providing novel insights on topics such as artificialism, reconstructionism, and intelligence.

Philosophy of Computational Cultural Neuroscience is fascinating reading for students and academics in the field of neuroscience who wish to take a cultural or philosophical approach to their studies and research.

Table of Contents


Part I

1 Agency

2 Automatism

3 Interface Theory

4 Machine Functionalism

Part II

5 Reconstructionism

6 Machine Physicalism

7 Computational Theory of Mind

8 Simulation

Part III

9 Artificialism

10 Machine Learning

11 Intelligence

12 Virtual Realism



About the Author

Dr. Joan Y. Chiao is the Director of the International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and B.S. with Honors from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems.

About the Series

Essays in Cultural Neuroscience

Essays in Cultural Neuroscience showcases scholarly work over a wide range of areas taking a cultural neuroscientific approach. The series is designed to highlight foundations of the fields for interdisciplinary discovery that contribute to our understanding of the neurobiological bases of culture and the mutual construction of culture and neurobiology across evolutionary and developmental timescales. Themes and topics in cultural neuroscience may include a range of cross-disciplinary perspectives, including ethical, scientific and philosophical issues related to the study of the neurobiological bases of cultural processes. Books are designed to examine the systematic study of theoretical principles, methodological approaches and empirical paradigms in the fields, including developmental and evolutionary perspectives. This is fasincating reading for students, researchers, and academics across a range of disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, cultural studies, sociology and the social sciences more generally.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Neuroscience & Cognitive Neuropsychology