Mapping the Mind: Revised and Updated Edition / Edition 2

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Today a brain scan reveals our thoughts and moods as clearly as an X-ray reveals our bones. We can actually observe a person’s brain registering a joke or experiencing a painful memory.
In Mapping the Mind, award-winning journalist Rita Carter draws on the latest imaging technology and science to chart how human behavior and personality reflect the biological mechanisms behind thought and emotion. This acclaimed book, a complete visual guide to the coconut-sized, wrinkled gray mass we carry around inside our heads, has now been completely revised and updated throughout. Among many other topics, Carter explores obsessions and addictions, the differences between men’s and women’s brains, and memory.

• Comprehensively updated for this edition with the latest research, case studies, and contributions from distinguished scientists

• Addresses recent controversies over behavior prediction and prevention

Includes new information on mirror neurons, unconscious cognition, and abnormalities in attention spans

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520266285
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/18/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition, Revised and Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 264,221
  • Product dimensions: 10.64 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Twice awarded the Medical Journalists’ Association prize, Rita Carter is a science and medical writer based in the United Kingdom. She is the author of Exploring Consciousness (UC Press) and Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality, Identity, and the Self, among other books.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 2

Preface to the second edition 6

Introduction 7

Chapter One The Emerging Landscape 10

Chapter Two The Great Divide 34

Chapter Three Beneath the Surface 54

Chapter Four A Changeable Climate 80

Chapter Five A World of One's Own 106

Chapter Six Crossing the Chasm 136

Chapter Seven States of Mind 158

Chapter Eight Higher Ground 180

References 208

Bibliography 216

Index 220

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Highly Reccomended!

    Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think.
    Mapping the mind gives an in depth explanation of how the brain thinks, perceives, and rationalizes using its complex structure.
    Through out the book, Rita Carter explains the rare and everday workings of the brain including mental disorders, visual perceptions, and daily activities. It gives great insight and tons of examples and previous experiments that have been done regarding all aspects of the brain. There are great diagrams and detail involving left vs right brain, linquistics. and thought. I am doing a project about how brain tumors effect function of the brain and it touched on the subject, but gave great background that really helped and kept intriquing me the whole time. Thank you Rita Carter!!!
    I give it an 8 out of 10.

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