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Conceptual Issues in Psychiatric Neuroimaging: An Update

[ Vol. 12 , Issue. 21 ]


D. Stoyanov, G. Stanghellini and M. Broome   Pages 2348 - 2356 ( 9 )


Aim: In this paper, we provide an update on the conceptual issues of psychiatric neuroimaging, especially in the light of the current reductive claims of the eliminative physicalism.

Argument: our argument is developed on three stages. The first is to highlight the crucial importance of phenomenological psychopathology and person-centered approach, which remains underestimated; the second is to bring forward the view that functional neuroimaging is relevant to the area of ‘translation’ in the mind-brain debate. The third point is to present a critical analysis of the shortcomings in structural and functional neuroimaging from methodological and epistemological perspectives.

Conclusion: a novel paradigm for translational cross-validation among neuroscience, psychopathology and clinical psychology is presented.


Functional neuroimaging, translation, validity, methodology


Medical University of Plovdiv, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Vassil Aprilov str. 15-A, 4002 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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