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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and, more importantly, fun!
I've only just finished reading it, but I have a feeling this will be one of those books that you keep coming back to. There's a lot of scope for flicking through and reading bits that catch your eye.
A lot of this is down to the layout - within each section the points are made in short "hacks", each one capturing a particular trick of the mind to reveal the...
Published on 3 Mar 2005 by Stephen Hampshire

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hacked mind
It's a compilation of short but dense introductions to more, mostly, or less interesting and stimulating insights into how brains functions. The format is a little uncomfortable as it has the accesibility of a coffee table read but has comprehensive web references that encourage you visit the sources and find out more. Which makes it a book to read while sitting at your...
Published on 15 May 2010 by R. Hick


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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and, more importantly, fun!, 3 Mar 2005
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Stephen Hampshire (Huddersfield, UK) - See all my reviews
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I've only just finished reading it, but I have a feeling this will be one of those books that you keep coming back to. There's a lot of scope for flicking through and reading bits that catch your eye.
A lot of this is down to the layout - within each section the points are made in short "hacks", each one capturing a particular trick of the mind to reveal the (occasionally hackish) way it works.
If an optical illusion can trick us into thinking that two identical objects are different sizes, why do our hands know the right size when they go to pick one up? This is one of the hacks, and it proves that visual information is processed on two paths - the motor control is happening before the processing of context. Or does it? Many of the hacks raise questions which have not been settled, so readers can explore the controversy for themselves.
The authors have an infectious enthusiasm for the subject which is manifest in a lot of links and supplementary reading (as well as a blog). It's certainly a good idea to have the internet accessible to you while you read so you can look up the demos they link to, or you'll find your copy overflowing with bookmarks like I did.
Two minor notes of caution - not all of the hacks are tricks that you can actually try out. Especially at the beginning of the book many of them are textbook information presented in the "hacks" style. This is a fun book, but the science is there as well so be prepared for it! The other potential irritation is that, because the hacks are designed to stand on their own, the book can feel a bit repetitive if you try to read it cover to cover.
Overall, though, an excellent roadtrip through the workings of the mind, with plenty of opportunity for picking up party tricks along the way. There'll even be some serious lessons for anyone interested in the way senses are processed for interface design etc. I can thoroughly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in how the mind works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good and interesting book, 28 Oct 2013
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This book is really good book, well researched and written.
Every section is well explained, includes an example and practical exercise for the reader to carried out.
Images and graphs would have made it better.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hacked mind, 15 May 2010
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It's a compilation of short but dense introductions to more, mostly, or less interesting and stimulating insights into how brains functions. The format is a little uncomfortable as it has the accesibility of a coffee table read but has comprehensive web references that encourage you visit the sources and find out more. Which makes it a book to read while sitting at your computer so maybe a book for the underworked or for when your waiting for an email.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handy, 3 Jun 2013
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I've just had a glance of it, but it seems funny and useful. I'm gonna read it daily if I have time.
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6 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 3 July 2005
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Not particularly great in terms of giving 'tips and tricks', but still an awesome book if you're into the way the brain works.
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3 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. though the lingo can put you off., 2 Sep 2005
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Okay first off I must congratluate the Authors and those that helped them with building this archive of short cuts that the mind takes to create a imige of the world.
Though there are a few things, if you arnt fammiler with Psychology or the layout of the brain, your likly to become confused, but its quite possible to get your head round it, all in all, exceeltent work. but not desighed for the person who is just starting out on Psychology/psychiartry studys.
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