Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control

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In Brainwashing, Kathleen Taylor brings the worlds of neuroscience and social psychology together for the first time. With an abundance of anecdotes and case-studies, she examines the ethical problems involved in carrying out the required experiments on humans, the limitations of animal models, and the frightening implications of such research. She also explores the history of thought-control and shows how it still exists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and education.
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"...a fascinating book whose content tends to linger long after you have put it down. Definitely a must-read for those in the social psychology field and all other psychologists interested in this area." --Doody's

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This extremely thought-provoking book examines the mystery and reality of brainwashing from both a social psychological and neuropsychological perspective. The book takes a serious and empirical stance to inform the reader from all sides.
Purpose: The purpose is to shed the necessary light on a topic which has unfortunately become parlor humor. In fact, the book proposes brainwashing to be real and worthy of scientific attention given the technological and scientific advances we have made. The book is interesting and the objectives are clear, concise, and worthy of the reader's attention.
Audience: Intended generally for those with a background in psychology, some members of the lay public may be able to benefit and find this book highly captivating. The author is a research scientist and appears highly credible.
Features: "The examination of brainwashing is complex yet thorough. The historical perspectives of the Cold War, the CIA, and Communism give the reader a full circle perspective. The book examines religion, politics, advertising, media influences, the military, mental health, the legal system etc. The case examples are hard to put down and focus the reader's attention and further elaborate on the various topics of discussion. There is a strong philosophical stance that can lead to questions about freedom and autonomy. "
Assessment: Quite a fascinating book whose content tends to linger long after you have put it down. Definitely a must-read for those in the social psychology field and all other psychologists interested in this area.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199204786
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 775,529
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Taylor is a research scientist in the physiology department, Oxford University. In 2003 she won first prize in both the THES/OUP Science Essay competition and the THES Humanities and Social Sciences Writing Prize.

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Table of Contents

1 The birth of a word 3
2 God or the group? 25
3 The power of persuasion 49
4 Hoping to heal 67
5 'I suggest, you persuade, he brainwashes' 79
6 Brainwashing and influence 95
7 Our ever-changing brains 105
8 Webs and new worlds 127
9 Swept away 147
10 The power of stop-and-think 167
11 That freedom thing 187
12 Victims and predators 207
13 Mind factories 218
14 Science and nightmare 233
15 Taking a stand 247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Brainwashed and ***** part 4 *ELISA*

    Elisa walked into cole's room. "This is it," she whispered to herself. She closed the door and looked down apon the sleeping pri<_>soner. Cole was only wearing shorts, (The sheets stoped covering him by his waist) and was softly snoreing. Cole had short light blonde hair and stormy gray eyes, along with a thin body. In other words: <p> perfect for capture<p> Elisa half smiled and walked out, closeing the door quietly. "And now...for the young brother," she said to herself. With that she went down the hall and opened the door. She sighed. Caden was asleep too, the sheets up to his chest.<p> It was surpriseing that the brothers were brothers at all. Caden had slightly longer hair then cole. His being a light shade of chesnut brown. His eyes being the same stormy grey as coles, along with the same thin body. (again, no shirt.) She half smiled as caden's eyes fluttered open. He sat up and stretched. When he saw elisa by his bed, he almost fell off the other side of the bed cowering backwards. "W-w-here did you take us? Where's cole?" Elisa chuckled softly as he looked around for his older brother. "He's alive for now little one. In able to keep him that way, you must obey." Caden tugged at the chain around his ankle, witch was keeping him in the bed. "Look, im only 10! And human! You gotta let me go!" He kept tugging. Elisa sighed and held onto his jaw, forceing him to face her. With her other hand she stroaked his hair. "Now caden, remember what i said." He screwed his eyes shut and said nothing. Elisa drew his head closer to her. "Think about how you should behaive, pet. You have no idea what the punishments can be. Or how painful they get." With that she released him and walked out, seeing the boy stare in shock as she closed the door and locked it. She chuckled as she headed toward coles room.<p> to be continued.

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