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Observed Brain Dynamics$
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Partha Mitra and Hemant Bokil

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178081

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178081.001.0001

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Theoretical Accounts of the Nervous System

Theoretical Accounts of the Nervous System

(p.14) 2 Theoretical Accounts of the Nervous System
Observed Brain Dynamics

Partha P. Mitra

Hemant Bokil

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on theoretical accounts of the nervous system. It argues that one way to deal with the diversity presented by the large number of theoretical accounts of the nervous system and of animal behavior would be to understand the principle dimensions along which the theories differ—a set of axes, as it were, for the “space” of theories. It presents three “axes” that seem to capture some of the major distinctions between classes of theories: level of organization, direction of causal explanations, and instrumental approach.

Keywords:   animal behavior, theories, organization, causal explanations

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