The Rosetta Stone of the Human Mind: Three languages to integrate neurobiology and psychology / Edition 1

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The study of the brain-mind complex has been hampered by the dichotomy between objective biological neuroscience and subjective psychological science, based on speculative topographic models and psychodynamics formulations. The two antithetical avenues of research, premises, and dynamic hypotheses, have evolved in a polarization of neuroscience. This is partly responsible for the failure to unravel the transformation of neural events into mental images: how matter becomes imagination, and vice versa. The Rosetta Stone to the Human Mind: Three Languages to Integrate Neurobiology and Psychology illustrates how the simultaneous use of these two approaches enriches the understanding of the neural and mental realms, and adds new dimensions to our perception of neuropsychological events; how the two different scientific metaphors are similar in what they describe; and how the awareness and application of these perspectives are helpful in getting a deeper theoretical grasp on major mental events, better understanding single minds, and formulating a more integrated therapeutic intervention.

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: The brain can be studied and described on many levels, from the recording of a single cell to the subjective experience of complex behaviors. This book explores and integrates these different levels of study and communication to provide a novel survey of the human mind.
Purpose: The purpose is to elaborate, integrate, and clarify the three main languages relevant to the human mind: mathematical/physical, objective neurobiological, and subjective psychological experience.
Audience: The intended readers include neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and anyone else interested in the human mind. The author has a record of steady scholarly activities and international outreach.
Features: A captivating brief history of the Rosetta Stone inaugurates this book. An introduction to the history and evolution of neurobiology, especially in terms of the dynamics of the human mind and psyche, follows. The book takes on a historical, cultural, and personal tenor in early chapters. The middles chapters truly begin to integrate neurobiological understanding with subjective experience as it relates to basic concepts, such as consciousness, unconsciousness, information storage, and affectivity. The last section includes very human and practical examples that illustrate the struggles of neurobiological study. The author's descriptions provide a poetic narrative. Color pictures from human history and natural evolution illustrate key points. There are a good number of figures and illustrations. Although there are not many references and they are not entirely current, the intention of this book does not necessarily require the latest scientific study.
Assessment: Dr. Sanguineti has compiled a truly integrated book on the objective and subjective languages of neurobiology. He communicates the complexities of the human mind in an elegant and lyrical manner that is reminiscent of the passionate writing of Damasio, Ramachandran, or Sacks. This is a story well worth reading with enticing case studies as the finale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387336442
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 10/2/2006
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Forewords.- PART I Learning the Alphabets: Humanity’s Search for Mind and the Subject: A Brief Review of the Psychological Evolution of the "Subject".- An "Ideographic", Suprapersonal Language of Rules and Universal Symbols: Alwyn Scott and Nonlinear Dynamics.- A "Demotic", First-Person Language of the Individual and the Social System: Apuleius and the Myth of Psyche. - The Language of the Objective Observer: Gerald Edelman and Neurodarwinism: Antonio Damasio and the Feeling of Knowing.- PART II Seeking the Understanding: Consciousness.- The Unconscious.- The Database.- Affectivity.- The Neural/Mental Gap: Intuition, Self and Ego, A Trilingual Map.- PART III Applying the Knowledge: The Three Languages and Science: A New Scientific Paradigm?- The Three Languages and Treatment.- The Psychotherapeutic Dialogue; Intersubjectivity.- The Role of a New Science for Psyche Upon Society and Culture.- References.- Name Index.- Subject Index.

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