Cognitive Sciences and Medieval Studies: An Introduction

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Juliana Dresvina, Victoria Blud
University of Wales Press, Nov 1, 2020 - History - 336 pages

With the rapid development of the cognitive sciences and their importance to how we contemplate questions about the mind and society, recent research in the humanities has been characterised by a ‘cognitive turn’. For their part, the humanities play an important role in forming popular ideas of the human mind and in analysing the way cognitive, psychological and emotional phenomena are experienced in time and space. This collection aims to inspire medievalists and other scholars within the humanities to engage with the tools and investigative methodologies deriving from cognitive sciences. Contributors explore topics including medieval and modern philosophy of mind, the psychology of religion, the history of psychological medicine and the re-emergence of the body in cognition. What is the value of mapping how neurons fire when engaging with literature and art? How can we understand psychological stress as a historically specific phenomenon? What can medieval mystics teach us about contemplation and cognition?

 

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Contents

Cognitive Sciences and Medieval Studies
1
I Questions of method
21
II Histories of Neuroscience Psychology and Mental Illness
81
re ading texts and minds
143
IV Approaching Art and Artefacts
197
The Medieval Brain and Modern Neuroscience
237
Index
245
Back Cover
252
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