Commentary: Why Study the History of Neuroscience?

A new commentary now in press at Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience may be of interest to AHP readers: “Commentary: Why Study the History of Neuroscience?” by Jeremy Trevelyan Burman and Brianne M. Collins. Burman and Collins write,

We want students to be more than tourists who visit Disney’s EPCOT resort, then leave thinking they’ve had an authentic cultural experience. We also don’t want them to lament the ignorance of those who did otherwise. Instead, we want them to be more humble; to prefer to go to the source, whenever possible, and learn to see things according to how and why those things made sense to the people who held other beliefs. In other words, we want them to learn how to think “from below” (Thompson, 1966; cf. Porter, 1985; Spivak, 1988). To hear those who can’t be heard (e.g., Jacyna and Casper, 2012).

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.