Oxford Companion to the Mind (New Edition) / Edition 2

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind is a classic. Published in 1987, to huge acclaim, it immediately took its place as the indispensable guide to the mysteries - and idiosyncracies - of the human mind. In no other book can the reader find discussions of concepts such as language, memory, and intelligence, side by side with witty definitions of common human experiences such as the 'cocktail-party' and 'halo' effects, and the least effort principle.

Richard Gregory again brings his wit, wisdom, and expertise to bear on this most elusive of subjects. Research into the mind and brain has moved on in bounds in recent years, and interest in the subject has never been so high. There has been a shift in focus away from Freud's concept of the unconscious onto consciousness itself. The new edition of the Companion includes three 'mini symposia' - on consciousness, brain scanning, and artificial intelligence - with contributions from a number of specialists, and encompassing a range of approaches.

Cultural as well as scientific in approach, this accessible book offers authoritative descriptions and analysis. With new entries on controversial topics such as artificial life, attachment theory, caffeine, cruetly, drama, extra-terrestrial intelligence, genetics of mental illness, imagination, lying, puzzles, and twins, this highly-anticipated second edition explores the most intriguing of subjects.

With over 900 entries, ranging from brief definitions to substantial essays on major topics, this book takes the reader on a dazzling tour of an endlessly fascinating subject, spanning many disciplines within philosophy, psychology and the physiology of the brain. 160 illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Editor Gregory (neuropsychology emeritus, Bristol U.) and contributors explore over 1,000 aspects of the human mind, including memory, language, imagination, mental illness and handicap, consciousness, sensory and extrasensory perception, and a wide array of theories, symptoms, and syndromes. Contributors come from such diverse fields as experimental psychology, linguistics, psychiatry, neuroscience, philosophy, and physics. This second edition includes updated information from new research on such topics as artificial life, imagination, and cruelty, and mini-symposia on consciousness, brain imaging, and artificial intelligence. Gregory includes a glossary and an index of subjects and contributors. Now it is impossible to excuse oneself by saying one does not have an owner's manual for one's mind."--Reference and Research Library Book News

Library Journal
First published in 1987, this second edition contains over 1000 alphabetically arragned entries on all aspects of the mind, including topics in neurophysiology, communication, psychology, and philosophy, as well as people relevant to the field. Returning as editor, Gregory oversees a team of British and American researchers who contribute articles varying in length from a few sentences to longer essays and are generally accessible to the nonspecialist. Most also have a bibliography of references dating primarily before 1980. Although some terms have been updated and added, much remains the same; a glossary has been added but seems rather unnecessary given its small size and duplication with entries in the main section. Likewise, the index is not particularly useful because it either points to the obvious or forces the user to hunt for a minute piece of information. In fact, the dictionary includes such a hodgepodge of terms that it is difficult to determine who would find it useful. Moreover, the inclusion of seemingly unrelated topics is puzzling, e.g., diver performance and Richard Francis Burton. Bottom Line Although the casual browser can learn intriguing details about the mind from this set, it should not be the only source of information for the serious researcher. For that, see Nature Publishing's four-volume Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science or the single-volume MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. Recommended as a supplemental purchase for academic libraries.-Teresa U. Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Libs., Knoxville Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
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 trenchant issues of neurophysiology than to the elaboration on philosophical theories in their historical complexity. Like some of the other Oxford Companions in print, this volume is by turns annoyingly quirky and engaging for the inveterate browser. However, the topics it undertakes to discuss can be researched more satisfactorily in other, more traditional references, including medical dictionaries, subject encyclopedias of philosophy and the social sciences, and the contributors' own full-length works. Recommended only for intellectually oriented browsing collections. Index not seen. Francisca Goldsmith, Golden Gate Univ. Lib, San Francisco
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198662242
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard L. Gregory, CBE, FRS, is Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology at the Department of Experimenttal Psychology, Bristol University. He is a world expert in human visual perception, specializing in investigating brain strategies and theories of perception, and in artificial intelligence. He is also very active in establishing hands-on science centres (as founder and president of the Exploratory in Bristol).

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