The Oxford Companion to the Mind

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The long-awaited second edition to the highly acclaimed and immensely successful Oxford Companion to the Mind includes 900 articles on every aspect of the brain and consciousness and over 300 contributors from the worldʼs leading scholars. Cultural as well as scientific in its approach, it combines authoritative description and analysis with lightness, wit, and a personal touch. New entries include artificial life, attachment theory, caffeine, conjuring, cruelty, drama, extra-terrestrial intelligence, face-to-face communication, genetics of mental illness, imagination, lying, puzzles and twins It features three new mini symposia - on consciousness, brain imaging, and artificial intelligence - with contributions from a range of specialists, representing the variety of approaches to these major subjects in a balanced but lively and personal way Includes Roger Penrose and Steven Rose on consciousness; Beryl Bainbridge on construction of fiction; Raj Persaud on depression; Richard Gregory on facial expression, illusions of vision and consciousness, Ted Honderich on free will and Noam Chomsky on language. New to this edition: three new mini symposia - on consciousness, brain imaging, and artificial intelligence - with contributions from a range of specialists, representing the variety of approaches to these major subjects in a balanced but lively and personal way. Also includes information on ageing (aging), aggressive behaviour (behavior), attachment theory, Aristotle, aphasia, artificial intelligence, astrology, Charles Babbage, biological clock, brain disorders, brain injuries, childhood, computers, colour (color) vision, consciousness, conditioning, cruelty, dementia, depression, Rene Descartes, doppelganger, Downʼs syndrome, Dreaming, education, ergonomics, existentialism, fear, free association, free will, Sigmund Freud, Galen, Gestalt theory, God, gods, hallucination, halo effect, hearing, Hippocrates, human growth, humanism, humour (humor), Huntingtonʼs disease, hypnosis, hysteria, idealism, illusions, information theory, intelligence, Islamic philosophy, William James, Japanese concept of mind, Carl Gustav Jung, knowledge, Lamarckianism, language, learning, limbic system, meaning, memes, memory, mental illness, mind body problem, mind reading, movement, near death experiences, negotiation, nothingness, Oedipus complex, out of the body experience, pain, paranoia, paranormal phenomena, parapsychology, Parkinsonʼs disease, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, perception, personality, personality disorders, philosophy, Jean Piaget, problem solving, psychoanalysis, psychophysics, psychosis, psychotherapy, purpose, puzzles, reality, reasoning, recall, reflexes, reincarnation, religion, remembering, responsibility, Lord Bertrand Arthur William Russell, Jean Paul Sartre, schizophrenia, self, senility, sensations, sexual behaviour (behavior), Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, skill, sleep, social behaviour (behavior), soul, speech, Roger Walcott, Sperry, split brain and the mind, stereoscopic vision, spiritualism, stress, stroke, Sufism, suicidal behaviour (behavior), symbolism, symbols, taste, thought, thinking, tickling, tilted room illusion, time gap experience, touch, truth, understanding, vision, will, Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein, Zen, etc.

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This is a large book, a bit like an encyclopedia, but all 800 plus pages are about the Mind, covering neuroscience, philosophy of the mind, artificial intelligence, and psychology. The topics are ... Read full review

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This dictionary approach to the human mind comprises topical definitions and discussions by over 100 authorities and scholars. The bias is distinctly British, and more attention is paid to the ... Read full review

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Richard Gregory is an experimental psychologist whose particular interests include human perception and, especially, visual illusions. He is currently Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of the Brain and Perception Laboratory at the University of Bristol. His many books include the best-selling Eye and Brain, Illusion and Nature in Art (co-edited with Sir Ernst Gombrich), and Mind in Science.

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