Behavioral Science Comes of Age

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Science  18 May 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5827, pp. 953
DOI: 10.1126/science.1144897

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People are fascinated by the brain, in large part because of a great interest in understanding their own minds and mental health. Over a century of neuroscience and psychological research has convinced most people that "Descartes died," leaving the old mind/brain dualism behind. The reality that we don't have a mind separate from the rest of our body has been brought home in many experimental ways, perhaps especially by modern neuroimaging techniques that allow investigators to look into the brains of living, awake, and behaving human beings--watching minds in action.