Neuroscience: Paths, Detours, and Hazards

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 140–143. Reviews the book, The Neurosciences: Paths of Discovery, 1 edited by Frederic G. Worden, Judith P. Swazey, and George Adelman (1992). In this book 28 eminent neuroscientists describe their research careers, who and what influenced them, and what they learned about what helps (and what hinders) doing something worthwhile in science. As in any such collection, each reader will find a different subset of chapters that are most meaningful, but taken as a whole, this volume is a unique contribution to the history of neuroscience because it is written by the people who helped make the history. Those who might hesitate to pick up this book because it contains so little about the cutting edges of neuroscience today might gain a better perspective on their own research by learning something about the changes that have taken place over the past 30 years. When exploring new territory, it is often important to look behind from time to time to get one's bearings. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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