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How do brain, mind, matter, and energy interact? Can we create a comprehensive model of the mind and brain, their interactions, and their influences? Synthesizing research from neuroscience, physics, biology, systems science, information science, psychology, and the cognitive sciences, The Neurophysics of Human Behavior advances a unified theory of brain, mind, behavior and information. This groundbreaking work helps you more deeply understand, more accurately predict, and more effectively change human behavior - a significant contribution to the fields of psychology, education, medicine, communications, and human relations.
Cognitive neurophysics, as detailed in this work, presents an integrated perspective of brain, mind, behavior, thoughts, and nature. The distinguished authors emphasize the need to view psychological science - and our image of the "self" - in the context of the physical world: matter, energy, and natural laws. NeuroPrint is the powerful application model of this perspective. This comprehensive, detailed algorithm defines the network of interactions that develop brain, mind, behavior, thoughts, and emotions and redefines the meaning of psychotherapeutic intervention.
The Neurophysics of Human Behavior gives the background, tools, and methods for intervention and modeling. It outlines the systematic, behavioral approach of NeuroPrint, promising to promote a deep understanding of the process of human change. Using The Neurophysics of Human Behavior, practitioners and researchers can plot and gauge the paths of change in neurocognitive dynamics and the improvements in mental health.

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Synthesizing research from neuroscience, physics, biology, systems science, information science, psychology, and the cognitive sciences, this book advances a unified theory of brain, mind, behavior, and information. Furman and Gallo emphasize the need to view psychological science in the context of the physical world. They outline NeuroPrint, a ten-step algorithm that produces a visual model of neurocognitive dynamics, allowing precise measurement of the behavioral choices available to the individual and their probability of selection. Furman is a researcher with a private corporation. Gallo has a private practice as a psychologist, and is associated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Horizon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849313080
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 6/22/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
THE STANDARD THEORY: PATTERN-ENTROPY DYNAMICS OF MATTER AND ENERGY INTERACTION
The Five Missing Pieces: Advances Toward a Unified Science of Neuro-Cognitive Intervention
The Ubiquity of Pattern in Man and Nature: Exploring the Fundamental Properties of Brain, Mind, Behavior, Information and Change
Hidden Order and the Origins of Pattern: Thermodynamics, Pattern, and the Human Brain
Memetics: The Behavior of Information Patterns
The Life of the Mind: Infogenesis and Information Translation in the Language of Pattern
NEUROPRINT AND THE STANDARD THEORY OF PATTERN-ENTROPY DYNAMICS
NeuroPrint — Purpose and Preliminaries
Developing a NeuroPrint of Cognitive Neurodynamics
NeuroPrint Analysis: Understanding Cognitive-Neurodynamics
Intervention and Change
Appendix I, Understanding Cognitive-Neurodynamic States, Experiences, and Cognitive Phenomena
Appendix 2, Submodal Behaviors (Submodalities)
Appendix 3, Classification and Organization of Intervention Tools and Methods: NLP, Eye Movement Methods, and Energy Psychology
Appendix 4, NeuroPrint Templates for Data Collection and Organization
TOOLS FOR INTERVENTION: MODELING, INFLUENCING, AND CHANGING COGNITIVE-NEURODYNAMICS
I. Preliminary Considerations for Modeling Human Expertise
The Science and Practice of Human Performance Modeling and Engineering
2. Performance Modeling and Tools of Intervention
Neuro-Cognitive Modeling: The Art and Science of Capturing the Invisible
Foundations of Neuro-Cognitive Modeling: Eye Movement, A Window to the Brain
3. Information Processing, Representation, Organization, and Destabilization in the Human Brain
Neocortical Dynamics of Persuasion and Influence
Submodalities, Cognitive-Neurodynamics, and Change
Neocortical Dynamics of Metaphor
The Neurophysics of Hypnosis
4. Performance Engineering: Tools and Principles of Neurocognitive Pattern Modification
Life, Death, and Anchoring
Neurophysics and the Principles of Anchoring
Neurophysics, Self-Organization, and Anchoring
Epilogue
5. Glossary of Neurophysics, Nonlinear Science, and Dynamical Systems Terminology
Glossary
Suggested Readings and Resource Guide
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    Destined To Become A Classic

    Too many books about human behavior and thought simply aren't worth the time it takes to read them. Most are like a single bite of celery at dinner, an apetizer with more fiber than taste or nutrition. In contrast, this book is like dining at Maxim's of Paris every Saturday night for a year and only eating the most sumptuous dishes imaginable. If you are interested in to know what memetics, evolution, entropy, gravity, chaos theory, biology, neuroscience, psychology, information theory, brain function, thought field theory, state theory, cybernetics, and persuasion have in common -- without any psychobabble -- then buy and read a copy. The book offers the reader a deep, thoughtful, well-documented exploration of these subjects and more as they relate to human behavior. It's a challenging read. You won't be able to read it in one sitting, nor will only one reading enough to probe the surprising depth of the material. You will however be rewarded with a provocative tour of the fundamentals of human thought and behavior. I know of no other book that succeeds in tying so many disparate fields of inquiry together. It even provides a way of mapping the neurocognitive system of an indivdual called NeuroPrint that will help you determine, design, and measure effective interventions. On a side note, I wish the book were shorter and less expensive. But I am at a loss to say what could be cut that would not damage the overall presentation. And I am grateful that the publishers have used a sturdy and more expensive binding than you find in most books today. My copy is now filled with yellow highlighter and crammed with marginal notes and dog-eared pages. A more cheaply bound book would long ago been torn to pieces from my handling of it. Those issues aside, I strongly recommend that every student of human behavior, every professor, parent, spouse, therapist, and saleman buy and read a copy as soon as they can. In the future no one will be able to consider themselves knowledgeable in the fields of human thought and behavior who has not read and carefully considered the material in this book. It should become a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    Scientific basis for the new psychotherapies. At last!

    As a physician with scientific training practicing the new ultra brief psychotherapies, the half spiritual, half fantasyland explanations given by most authors of energy psychologies never satisfied us. More than once, we wonder how can we explain to our more orthodox colleagues, why otherwise effective techniques, work so effectively. Now, Furman, a neuroscientist, and Gallo, a clinical psychologist, gives us a logical, scientific and very informed unified theory of what happens in a mental disorder and precisely what steps we have to do to correct it. This is a typical science book: every page is densly packed with information, very well documented, and it adapts perfectly to the rational thinking that we, conventionally trained clinicians must follow when a clinical decision has to be made. The first part of the book gives the basic siences fundamentals to understand what, for us, is the core of the book: NeuroPrint, the mapping of the neurocognition of the patient to take the exact measure to correct it, or , in neurophysical terminology, 'to inject entropy in the the trajectories and attractors that cause the disorder, and then put in their place, the wanted attractors and attractor landscapes'. Why we rated the book five stars? Because it's scientific, it makes sense,it has the logic of coherence, it gives the practitioner an incredible tool for clinical interventions in dificult and resistant cases, and besides that, gives rational explanations of many NLP procedures and hypnosis, and goes beyond therapy, entering the field of performance modeling. This book is a MUST to every serious clinician who wants to know why he does what he does, and for those who wants to do it better. More than 500 references and a neurocognitive lexicon completes the book. The authors can be sure that most readers of 'Neurophysics' look forward with great interest to their future books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    The Missing Link

    This book provides the 'missing link' between the new sciences of quantum physics, complexity theory, and self-organizing systems and the study and understanding of human behavior. As one who has been interested in these areas for many years and has been trying to draw my own links, it is very satisfying to find a book that does this. This book is very well researched and presented in a way that is both professionally satisfying and personally useful. NeuroPrint is tool that I have found intellectually 'tight' and easy to use. In my own case, I have been able to see and define a bridge between certain negative states and behaviors and the more positive states and behaviors I would prefer to emphasize in my life. It's well worth the the $80. I am now reading it a second time, discovering additional insights, and expect to read it again. It will also be on the front of my professional bookshelf as a psychological counselor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    The study of the structure of health and healing

    'Why should I read this book?' a person wrote to me. 'What does this have to do with energy psychology?' Sorry, but as one of the authors, I just had to give it five stars (and I honestly believe it warrants this high of a rating.) 'The Neurophysics of Human Behavior' is about cognitive neurophysics, a branch of science that seamlessly integrates humans with nature and her physical laws. What this means is that we have grounded psychology and psychotherapy in the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, biology, neuroscience. When I studied with Callahan, this was always an interest of his. He wanted to explain Thought Field Therapy in terms of quantum theory. But I don't think that this aspiration has been adequately achieved until now. In this book, we lay out the Standard Theory of Pattern-Entropy Dynamics, a unified field theory based on the notion that pattern and entropy are fundamental aspects of nature, which hold the keystone to 'change' in humans and the physical world, that psychological problems can be understood in these terms, and that effective psychotherapeutic approaches absolutely must take into account how patterns are formed and how they can be caused to entropy. This is the first unified theory to successfully explain how brain, mind, behavior, information, matter and energy all fit together and affect each other as one undivided unity. Here we offer a tour through the sciences. Showing how we as humans, operate according to the same fundamental principles as the entire universe. We are not separate from nature, really. And Mind and Matter are actually made from the same stuff. This is clearly presented within the context of science, and not simple philosophical musings. Then we show how neurocognitive functioning can be mapped out (modeled) in order to understand an individual's functioning, health and pathology. It's all about uncovering the structure of the condition and about revealing the various states through which we must systemically transition in order for the problem to persist. We can map it, resulting in a systemic 'view' of the neurocognitive system as an undivided whole, and systematically reorganize its energy patterns by causing unwanted trajectories and attractors (thought fields, states, etc.) to become entropic (destabilize), while forming the desired attractor and attractor landscapes in their place, etc. EMDR, NLP, and many energy psychology techniques are categorized according to pattern-entropy dynamics and there effect on the neurocognitive/biophysical system. This categorization helps the practitioner determine what tool or system of intervention is most appropriate given the unique structure of the presenting problem. Armed with this knowledge, The reader will be able to understand the physical laws that govern the effective design of new intervention procedures for an individual no matter how unique or resistant the problem might appear to be. Once the mapping process, NeuroPrint, is understood the practitioner will be able to precisely measure the effectiveness of any selected intervention. In my opinion, in order for energy psychology to go forward and offer the leadership for the field of psychology and therapy that it is capable and worthy of offering, grounding in the natural sciences is an absolute necessity. Here we offer a true paradigm theory and its practical applicability. Maybe I'm a little prejudiced, but I think this is going to cause the truly scientifically minded, and the establishment of science as a whole, to take a good, long, hard look, and to be turned on.

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