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

Author: Sergio Della Sala
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprintedView all editions and formats
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Tall tales presents a sweeping survey of common myths about the mind and brain. In a lighthearted and accessible style, it exposes the truth behind these beliefs, how they are perpetuated, why people  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sergio Della Sala
ISBN: 9780198568766 0198568762 9780198568773 0198568770
OCLC Number: 731638428
Description: 509 Seiten : Illustrationen
Contents: PART I - WHERE DO TALL TALES ABOUT THE MIND AND THE BRAIN COME FROM? ; Introduction - the myth of 10% and other tall tales about the mind and the brain ; 1. Cognitive factors underlying paranormal beliefs and experiences ; 2. Critically thinking about paranormal belief ; 3. The magic in the brain; how conjuring works to deceive our minds ; PART II - TALL TALES ON MEMORY AND LEARNING ; 4. The legend of the magical number seven ; 5. Setting the record (or video camera) straight on memory: the video camera model of memory and other memory myths ; 6. The myth of the incredible eyewitness ; 7. We've got the whole child witness thing figured out, or have we? ; PART III - TALL TALES ON INTELLIGENCE ; 8. Is bigger really better? The search for brain size and intelligence in the 21st century ; 9. Biology and intelligence: the race/IQ controversy ; 10. The refined Mozart effect: it's time to face the music ; 11. The powers and perils of intuition ; 12. Creative thinking: the mystery myth ; PART IV - TALL TALES ON LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION ; 13. The more, the merrier: facts and beliefs about the bilingual mind ; 14. The Merry Vibes of Wintzer: the tale of foreign accent syndrome ; 15. Talking with the dead, communicating with the future and other myths created by cold reading ; 16. Graphology - a total write-off ; 17. The truth about deception ; PART V - TALL TALES ON THE BRAIN ; 18. The dual-brain myth ; 19. The neurology of the weird: brain states and anamalous experience ; 20. The myth of the clonable human brain ; 21. Out on a limb: neglect and confabulation in the study of aplasic phantoms ; 22. Imagery and blindness ; 23. Something wicked this way comes: causes and interpretations of sleep paralysis ; PART VI - TALL TALES ON THE MIND ; 24. The power of the full moon. Running on empty? ; 25. Ouija, dowsing, and other seductions of ideomotor action ; 26. Inducing out-of-body experiences ; 27. Can mind conquer cancer? ; 28. The elusive search for a "gay gene" ; 29. To sleep, perchance to REM? The rediscovered role of emotion and meaning in dreams
Responsibility: ed. by Sergio Della Sala.

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