Networked neuroscience: brain scans and visual knowing at the intersection of atlases and databases

Anne Beaulieu, Sarah de Rijcke, Catelijne Coopmans (Redacteur), Steve Woolgar (Redacteur)



This chapter discusses the development of authoritative collections of brain scans known as “brain atlases”, focusing in particular on how such scans are constituted as authoritative visual objects. Three dimensions are identified: first, brain scans are parts of suites of networked technologies rather than stand-alone outputs; second, they are specified by means of a “database logic” that makes particular neurological features visible within a register of possibilities; and third, they serve as interfaces that open up a range of possibilities rather than stand in as fixed representations. By tracing how the very concept of the authoritative image has been transformed, the chapter shows how visual knowing takes shape in research practices and situates it in the digital and networked settings of contemporary science.
Originele taal-2English
TitelRepresentation in scientific practice revisited
UitgeverijMIT Press
Aantal pagina's366
ISBN van geprinte versie9780262525381, 0262525380
StatusPublished - 2014

Publicatie series

NaamInside technology

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