Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Continuing Commentary
Martha J. Farah (1994). Neuropsychological inference with an interactive brain: A critique of the “locality” assumption. BBS 17:43–104.

Neuropsychological inference using a microphrenological approach does not need a locality assumption

Wim E. Crusio a1
a1 Génétique, Neurogénétique et Comportement, CNRS UPR 9074, University of Orléans, 45071 Orléans Cedex 02, France


Although Farah makes a convincing case against the tenability of the locality assumption, she does not propose alternative research strategies that do not rest on this assumption. It is proposed here that we may profitably exploit individual differences in neuroanatomy and behavior. In combination with the use of adequate genetic methods, this approach – termed microphrenology – does not need a locality assumption.