Jessey Wright at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 16th November, 1-2pm, Byrne House

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 16th of November. It will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Jessey Wright, visiting from University of Western Ontario, Canada. We will be discussing the attached paper ‘On the meta-analysis of Neuroimaging Data’. Jessey kindly provided us with an abstract of his paper, and with more information on the context of the paper.

Abstract: Philosophers and neuroscientists have claimed that the use of meta-analysis, enabled by the pooling of massive amounts of disparate data, may be able to resolve a wide range epistemic problems endemic to the practice of cognitive neuroscience. While meta-analyses have the potential to revolutionize neuroscience, they bring with them their own epistemic challenges. I discuss how data manipulations used to collect, organize and combine data in preparation for a meta-analysis place constraints on interpretations of meta-analysis results. Building on this discussion, I argue for tempered enthusiasm with respect to the prospects of these tools in cognitive neuroscience.

Situation: The attached paper is aimed at providing a philosophical analysis of use to cognitive scientists. The conceptual framework that the paper relies on is derived from my thesis work. I’m interested in discussing if the conceptual discussion in Section 3 helps the paper and how it can be improved. Of course, I’m also keen to talk about the overall aims, if it succeeds, if there is more I could say, if I’ve overlooked anything, and if it’s clear and accessible.

If you need a ‘shorter’ version you could skip Section 2 (you should read the first two paragraphs and the last), and likewise for Section 5 (although that’s the fun case study, because the database used is, I think, interesting).”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] if you wish to join the group or for any other information.for any other information.


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