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Explaining the Brain

Carl F. Craver


What distinguishes good explanations in neuroscience from bad? This book constructs and defends standards for evaluating neuroscientific explanations that are grounded in a systematic view of what neuroscientific explanations are: descriptions of multilevel mechanisms. In developing this approach, it draws on a wide range of examples in the history of neuroscience (e.g., Hodgkin and Huxley's model of the action potential and LTP as a putative explanation for different kinds of memory), as well as recent philosophical work on the nature of scientific explanation.

Keywords: neuroscience, neuroscientific explanation, multilevel mechanisms, Hodgkin, Huxley, action potential, LTP, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199299317
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299317.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl F. Craver, author
Washington University, St Louis
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