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Engineering the Next Revolution in NeuroscienceThe New Science of Experiment Planning$
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Alcino J. Silva, Anthony Landreth, and John Bickle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731756

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731756.001.0001

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Ruling out the Probable to Argue for the Possible

Ruling out the Probable to Argue for the Possible

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Engineering the Next Revolution in Neuroscience

Alcino J. Silva

Anthony Landreth

John Bickle

Oxford University Press

Integration Analyses are the routines used implicitly or explicitly by neuroscientists in the evaluation of experiments. Integration efforts are most visible in the introductions and conclusions of research papers, are at the basis of every published review, and play a central role in framing and organizing research proposals. The previous chapter focused on a form of Integration referred to as the Convergent 3 analysis. This chapter continues the calmodulin kinase II saga and focuses on another form of Integration, Eliminative Inference Analysis, a process aimed at evaluating and testing alternative interpretations of experiments and ruling out prominent alternatives.

Keywords:   Experiment, eliminative inference, abduction, causation, hippocampus, learning, memory, long-term potentiation, calmodulin kinase II

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