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Making up the Mind : How the Brain Creates Our Mental World.

Author: Christopher D Frith
Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1View all editions and formats
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Presents an account of experimental studies that show how the brain creates our mental world. This book uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments and studies of patients to explore the relationship between the mind and the brain.
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Frith, Chris.
Making up the Mind : How the Brain Creates Our Mental World.
Hoboken : Wiley, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher D Frith
ISBN: 9781405172714 1405172711 128202616X 9781282026162
OCLC Number: 1044715411
Notes: Fork Handles:The Two Ronnies Close the Loop (Eventually)
Written by one of the world's leading neuroscientists, Making Up the Mind is the first accessible account of experimental studies showing how the brain creates our mental world. Uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments and studies of patients to explore the relationship between the mind and the brain Demonstrates that our knowledge of both the mental and physical comes to us through models created by our brain Shows how the brain makes communication of ideas from one mind to another possible.
Description: 1 online resource (253 pages)
Contents: Abbreviations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Prologue:Real Scientists Don 't Study the Mind; The Psychologist 's Fear of the Party; Hard Science and Soft Science; Hard Science --
Objective; ; Soft Science --
Subjective; Can Big Science Save Soft Science?; Measuring Mental Activity; How Can the Mental Emerge from the Physical?; I Can Read Your Mind; How the Brain Creates the World; Part I Seeing through the Brain's Illusions; Chapter 1 Clues from a Damaged Brain; Sensing the Physical World; The Mind and the Brain; When the Brain Doesn't Know; When the Brain Knows, But Doesn't Tell. When the Brain Tells LiesHow Brain Activity Creates False Knowledge; How to Make Your Brain Lie to You; Checking the Reality of Our Experiences; How Do We Know What's Real?; Chapter 2 What a Normal Brain Tells Us about the World; Illusions of Awareness; Our Secretive Brain; Our Distorting Brain; Our Creative Brain; Chapter 3 What the Brain Tells Us about Our Bodies; Privileged Access?; Where's the Border?; We Don't Know What We Are Doing; Who's in Control?; My Brain Can Act Perfectly Well without Me; Phantoms in the Brain; There's Nothing Wrong with Me; Who's Doing It?; Where Is the "You"? Part II How the Brain Does ItChapter 4 Getting Ahead by Prediction; Patterns of Reward and Punishment; How the Brain Embeds Us in the World and Then Hides Us; The Feeling of Being in Control; When the System Fails; The Invisible Actor at the Center of the World; Chapter 5 Our Perception of the World Is a Fantasy That Coincides with Reality; Our Brain Creates an Effortless Perception of the Physical World; The Information Revolution; What Can Clever Machines Really Do?; A Problem with Information Theory; The Reverend Thomas Bayes; The Ideal Bayesian Observer. How a Bayesian Brain Can Make Models of the WorldIs There a Rhinoceros in the Room?; Where Does Prior Knowledge Come From?; How Action Tells Us about the World; My Perception Is Not of the World, But of My Brain 's Model of the World; Color Is in the Brain, Not in the World; Perception Is a Fantasy That Coincides with Reality; We Are Not the Slaves of Our Senses; So How Do We Know What 's Real?; Imagination Is Extremely Boring; Chapter 6 How Brains Model Minds; Biological Motion: The Way Living Things Move; How Movements Can Reveal Intentions; Imitation. Imitation: Perceiving the Goals of OthersHumans and Robots; Empathy; The Experience of Agency; The Problem with Privileged Access; Illusions of Agency; Hallucinating Other Agents; Part III Culture and the Brain; Chapter 7 Sharing Minds --
How the Brain Creates Culture; The Problem with Translation; Meanings and Goals; Solving the Inverse Problem; Prior Knowledge and Prejudice; What Will He Do Next?; Other People Are Contagious; Communication Is More Than Just Speaking; Teaching Is Not Just a Demonstration To Be Imitated; Closing the Loop.

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Presents an account of experimental studies that show how the brain creates our mental world. This book uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments and studies of patients to explore the relationship between the mind and the brain.

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