Excellent review of STS/anthropologist Joseph Dumit’s Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health (Duke University Press) by philosopher Sergio Sismondo (Queen’s University).
The concept of mental illness in the West is largely shaped by the DSM diagnostic model. The DSM categorization of psychiatric disorders has been useful in driving research, and psychiatric neuroscience has made enormous strides in identifying some of the brain-based factors that contribute to mental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, as well as suggesting possible drug therapies. Continue reading
I am vicariously enjoying the fact that Angela Woods (@literarti), who did such a phenomenal job tweeting and then storifying our conference (which Lance Gravlee updated), is en route to “Experimental Entanglements in Cognitive Neuroscience” meeting in Berlin (25–26 Oct 2012/ #EECN / About / Abstracts (with a previous 10/3 entry of useful references). This workshop will address some of the tacit assumptions (as well as researcher-experimental subject interactions) of cognitive neuroscience that our conference peripherally covered in the opening session and in some of the talks.