Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control

Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control

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by Kathleen Taylor
     
 

The term 'brainwashing' was first recorded in 1950, but it is an expression of a much older concept: the forcible and full-scale alteration of a person's beliefs. Over the past 50 years the term has crept into popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, frightened the public in media headlines, and slandered innumerable people and institutions. It has also

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Overview

The term 'brainwashing' was first recorded in 1950, but it is an expression of a much older concept: the forcible and full-scale alteration of a person's beliefs. Over the past 50 years the term has crept into popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, frightened the public in media headlines, and slandered innumerable people and institutions. It has also been the subject of learned discussion from many angles: history, sociology, psychology, psychotherapy, and marketing. Despite this variety, to date there has been one angle missing: any serious reference to real brains. Descriptions of how opinions can be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have been almost entirely psychological.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199204786
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
712,498
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. The birth of a word
2. God or the group?
3. The power of persuasion
4. Hoping to heal
5. 'I suggest, you persuade, he brainwashes'
6. Brainwashing and influence
7. Our ever-changing brains
8. Webs and new worlds
9. Swept away
10. The power of stop-and-think
11. That freedom thing
12. Victims and predators
13. Mind factories
14. Science and Nightmare
15. Taking a stand
Index

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