The Right Mind: Making Sense of the Hemispheres

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Harcourt Brace, 1997 - Psychology - 200 pages
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A psychologist and writer who began the conversation about the differing roles of the right and left hemispheres in his best-selling The Psychology of Consciousness twenty-five years ago, Ornstein has in his books and lectures provided a running commentary on the significance of what we are learning about the brain. Now the time has come for a new synthesis: The Right Mind. It is short but rich in its detail, light-hearted but profound in its conclusions. A central argument of The Right Mind is that while facts (what we might think of as text) are stored and processed in the left hemisphere, the right mind sets the context and makes sense of it all. And so it is with this book. Ornstein has incorporated the important facts and then set the whole thing in context.

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THE RIGHT MIND: Making Sense of the Hemispheres

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From the author of The Evolution of Consciousness (1991) and other popular works on the human mind, a revealing account of his own and others' prior misunderstandings about the right and left brains ... Read full review

The right mind: making sense of the hemispheres

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The author of 25 books, including the best-selling The Psychology of Consciousness (LJ 5/1/73), Ornstein here sums up what we know about the brain today. Read full review


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Dr. Robert Evans Ornstein is a psychologist, writer, professor at Stanford University, and chairman of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge (ISHK).Ornstein has been involved in promoting the modern Sufism of Idries Shah. Shah and Ornstein met in the 1960s. Realizing that Ornstein could be an ideal partner in propagating his teachings, translating them into the idiom of psychotherapy, Shah made him his deputy in the United States. Ornstein's The Psychology of Consciousness (1972) was enthusiastically received by the academic psychology community, as it coincided with new interests in the field, such as the study of biofeedback and other techniques designed to achieve shifts in mood and awareness. Ornstein's book The Right Mind deals with split-brain studies and other experiments or clinical evidence revealing the abilities of the right cerebral hemisphere.

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