Neuroscience and the art of single cell recordings

Valerie Gray Hardcastle, C. Matthew Stewart

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This article examines how scientists move from physical measurements to actual observation of single-cell recordings in the brain. We highlight how easy it is to change the fundamental nature of our observations using accepted methodological techniques for manipulating raw data. Collecting single-cell data is thoroughly pragmatic. We conclude that there is no deep or interesting difference between accounting for observations by measurements and accounting for observations by theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-208
Number of pages14
JournalBiology and Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003



  • Neuroscience
  • Observation
  • Phenomena
  • Single-cell recordings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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