Different Histories from 20th Century Neuroscience


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Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science (Formerly: Annali dell'Istituto e Museo di storia della scienza di Firenze)



Daniel L. Smail, “Neuroscience and the Dialectics of History,” Análise Social, 2012, 47/4:894–909, p. 894.


Rafael Yuste, George M. Church, “The New Century of the Brain,” Scientific American, 2014, 310:38–45.


Marco Pautasso, “Publication Growth in Biological Sub-Fields: Patterns, Predictability and Sustainability,” Sustainability, 2012, 4/12:3234–3247.


Fernando Vidal, “Brainhood, Anthropological Figure of Modernity,” History of the Human Sciences, 2009, 22/1:5–36.


Giovanni Frazzetto, Suzanne Anker, “Neuroculture,” Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2009, 10:815–821.


Roger Cooter, “Neural Veils and the Will to Historical Critique. Why Historians of Science Need to Take the Neuro-Turn Seriously,” Isis, 2014, 105/1:145–154, p. 148.


In 2014, Isis dedicated a focus section to this topic. See Steve Fuller, “Neuroscience, Neurohistory, and the History of Science: A Tale of Two Brain Images,” Isis, 2014, 105/1:100–109; Stephen T. Casper, “History and Neuroscience: An Integrative Legacy,” pp. 123–132; Max Stadler, “Neurohistory Is Bunk?: The Not-So-Deep History of the Postclassical Mind,” pp. 133–144; Cooter, “Neural Veils” (cit. note 8); Smail, On Deep History (cit. note 10).


Michael Hagner, Cornelius Borck, “Mindful Practices: On the Neurosciences in the Twentieth Century,” Science in Context, 2001, 14/4:507–510.


Joelle M. Abi-Rached, Nikolas Rose, “The Birth of the Neuromolecular Gaze,” History of the Human Sciences, 2010, 23/1:11–36; Joelle M. Abi-Rached, “From Brain to Neuro: The Brain Research Association and the Making of British Neuroscience, 1965–1996,” Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2012, 21/2:189–213; Stephen T. Casper, “Of Means and Ends: Mind and Brain Science in the Twentieth Century,” Science in Context, 2015, 28/1:1–7; Justin Garson, “The Birth of Information in the Brain: Edgar Adrian and the Vacuum Tube,” Science in Context, 2015, 28/1:31–52.


Max Stadler, “The Neuromance of Cerebral History,” in Critical Neuroscience: A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience, edited by Suparna Choudhury, Jan Slaby (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), pp. 135–158.


Paul Forman, “(Re)cognizing Postmodernity: Helps for Historians – of Science Especially,” Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 2010, 33/2:157–175.


Cornelius Borck, “Toys Are Us. Models and Metaphors in Brain Research,” in Critical Neuroscience: A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience, edited by Suparna Choudhury, Jan Slaby (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), pp. 111–133.


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