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Tall tales about the mind and brain : separating fact from fiction

Author: Sergio Della Sala
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Does listening to Mozart make us more intelligent? Is there such a thing as a gay gene? Does the size of the brain matter? Does the moon influence our behaviour? Can we communicate with the dead? Can graphology tell us anything about a person's character? Is the human brain clonable? What role do dreams have in cognition? Can mind conquer matter and diseases? Are out-of-body experiences possible? Can we trust our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Tall tales
Miscellanea
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sergio Della Sala
ISBN: 9780198568766 0198568762 9780198568773 0198568770
OCLC Number: 71790095
Notes: Errata slip inserted.
Description: xxxvii, 509 pages, [2] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction. The myth of 10% and other tall tales about the mind and the brain / Sergio Della Sala and Barry Beyerstein --
[Pt. I.] Where do tall tales about the mind and brain come from? --
1. Cognitive factors underlying paranormal beliefs and experiences / Christopher C. French and Krissy Wilson --
2. Critically thinking about paranormal belief / Peter Lamont --
3. The magic in the brain : how conjuring works to deceive our minds / Massimo Polidoro --
[Pt. II.] Tall tales on memory and learning --
4. The legend of the magical number seven / Nelson Cowan, Candice C. Morey and Zhijian Chen --
5. Setting the record (or video camera) straight on memory : the video camera model of memory and other myths / Seema L. Clifasefi, Maryanne Garry and Elizabeth Loftus --
6. The myth of the incredible eyewitness / Amina Memon and Don Thomson --
7. We have got the whole child witness thing figured out, or have we? / Rachel Sutherland, Deryn Strange and Maryanne Garry --
[Pt. III.] Tall tales on intelligence --
8. Is bigger really better? : the search for brain size and intelligence in the twenty-first century / David P. Carey --
9. Biology and intelligence : the race/IQ controversy / Mike Anderson --
10. The Mozart effect : it's time to face the music! / Colin Gray and Sergio Della Sala --
11. The powers and perils of intuition / David G. Myers --
12. Creative thinking : the mystery myth / Ken Gilhooly --
[Pt. III.] Tall tales on language and communication --
13. The more, the merrier : facts and beliefs about the bilingual mind / Antonella Sorace --
14. The merry vibes of Wintzer : the tale of foreign accent syndrome / Nick Miller --
15. Talking with the dead, communicating with the future and other myths created by cold reading / Ray Hyman --
16. Graphology : a total write-off / Barry L. Beyerstein --
17. The truth about deception / Aldert Vrij and Samantha Mann --
[Pt. IV.] Tall tales on the brain --
18. The dual-brain myth / Michael C. Corballis --
19. The neurology of the weird : brain states and anomalous experience / Barry L. Beyerstein --
20. The myth of the clonable human brain / Giovanni Berlucchi --
21. Out on a limb : neglect and confabulation in the study of aplasic phantoms / Peter Brugger and Marion Funk --
22. Imagery and blindness / Cesare Cornoldi and Rossana DeBeni --
23. Something wicked this way comes : causes and interpretations of sleep paralysis / Christopher C. French and Julia Santomauro --
[Pt. V.] Tall tales on the mind --
24. The power of the full moon : running on empty? / Eric H. Chudler --
25. Ouija, dowsing and other seductions of ideomotor action / Ray Hyman --
26. Inducing out-of-body experiences / Olaf Blanke and Gregor Thut --
27. Can mind conquer cancer? / Barry L. Beyerstein [and others] --
28. The elusive search for a 'gay gene' / Fernando Saravi --
29. To sleep, perchance to REM? : the rediscovered role of emotion and meaning in dreams / Mark Solms and Oliver Turnbull.
Responsibility: edited by Sergio Della Sala.
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