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.

The “locality assumption”: Lessons from history and neuroscience?

Jonathan K. Foster a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom


This commentary seeks to place Farah's (1994) arguments in the historical context of ideas about mind-brain relationships. It further seeks to draw a conceptual parallel between the issues considered by Farah in her target article and questions which have concerned neuroscientists since the nineteenth century regarding the functional organization of the brain. Specific reference is made to the relationship between use of the concept of “locality” in cognitive neuropsychology and use of the concept of “localization” in neuroscience.