Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World Paperback – 3 May 2007
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" Making up the Mind is an excellent ′big picture′ book. Exactly as its subtitle indicates, this book describes how our brains construct an internal model of the world that enables us to successfully interact with others and generally navigate a complex world." ( Psychology Learning and Training, Autumn 2008)
"Neuroscience and psychology often struggle to answer the really interesting questions about the mind, but in this fascinating book, Chris Frith shows that science can finally start explaining how and why we experience the world as we do. Anyone interested in human nature – not just the nuts and bolts of neural circuits – will find his storytelling compelling. Frith delves into topics such as delusions, illusions, imagination and imitation, bringing clarity and insight to the simplest abservations and most complex experiments alike." (New Scientist)
"Making up the Mind is an interesting book to everybody who wants to learn more about how the brain gives rise to our mental experiences...As Frith himself depicts in a sort of framing story, you will easily find yourself talking about these ideas at your next dinner party, as well as use it for serious considerations on the brain or as a toolbox for next term′s essay. A stimulating new book by a distinguished scientist who knows what he is talking about." ( Metapsychology Online Reviews)
"Frith has produced an enthralling discussion on the subtle links between mind and brain, sometimes with humorous liaisons between himself, as narrator, and others who might be labelled as sceptics, unbelievers."(Psychologist)
Stands apart from many that have been written lately For those who have time to read only one book this should be it. Essential. (Choice Reviews)
Oliver Sacks"Making up the Mind is a fascinating guided tour through the elusive interface between mind and brain written by a pioneer in the field. The authors obvious passion for the subject shines through every page."
V. S. Ramachandran
"I soon made up my mind that this is an excellent, most readable and stimulating book. The author is a distinguished neuroscientist working especially on brain imaging."
RL Gregory, Experimental Psychology
"Chris Frith, one of the pioneers in applying brain imaging to study mental processes, has written a brilliant introduction to the biology of mental processes for the general reader. This superb book describes how we recreate in our brains a representation of the external world. Clearly and beautifully written, this book is for all who want to learn about how the brain gives rise to the mental phenomenon of our lives. A must read!"
Eric R. Kandel, M.D.
"Important and surprising. The brain will never seem the same again."
Lewis Wolpert, University College London
"Frith s luminously intelligent book...raises interesting questions about how it is possible to make serious scientific progress, on the borders of metaphysics, while still thinking inside a framework that is an ontological and epistemological muddle."
Raymond Tallis, Brain
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This book is unique because while highly appropriate and illuminating for complete novices in neuroscience, it is also detailed and deep enough to captivate readers with expertise in the field. Both types of readers will be enriched by the coherent picture this book draws of cognitive neuroscience, and what implications brain research has for our understanding of interpersonal interactions and the development of human culture.
Frith had the good fortune to enter the field as the new, non-intrusive methods of brain imaging were emerging. Big, cumbersome and expensive, these tools, the PET, fMRI and CAT scanning devices soon came into more widespread use. These machines could map the living brain, while patients could be queried or given tests to assist in determining which brain areas were active at a given time. Frith describes these tools as moving brain studies from a "soft" science to a "hard" science in which detailed measurements could be made. Previously, it was either guess-work, or brains could be analysed only after a patient's death.
What has emerged from these studies is a very serious challenge to what we call "reality" and our perception of it. The brain does many things without our realising it. Apart from the obvious ones like keeping the heart and lungs pumping, there is the issue of what we "see". We like to think that when we "look" at something or somebody, we are seeing a continuous image. That's simply not the case. Beyond the fact that the eye undergoes a rapid shifting motion called "saccading", it's also converting photons into electrical signals.Read more ›
questioning/didactic; philosophical/scientific; and to be forward-looking
yet while also giving a succinct historical overview of highlights from the past 30 years of research in neuropsychology and neuroscience, through to the latest breakthroughs in brain imaging. Essential reading for novices and experts alike.
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A fascinating insight into how the brain works and how it fools us in to believing that we are actually experiencing "out there" out there rather than it all being in the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by barry marshall
However, the author is tied to ideas for which he feels there is good scientific evidence for there promotion, and so I feel he is holding back from being more creative.. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2012 by Meyrick Sainsbury
An extremely well written, accessible introduction this fascinating topic. One of the best introductions to neuroscience for the general reader on the market.Published on 20 Nov. 2011 by Coconutcrab
The kindle version of this book exposes the limitations of the format: almost all the captions are on a different 'page' from the figures they refer to (unless you make the print... Read morePublished on 17 May 2011 by D. Jennings
I bought the kindle version of this book. The content is easy to read both physically and intellectually, and presents a useful insight into the subject that could be readily... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2011 by I. G. Norris
Excellent book on the mind, body, brain, perception, reality, agency and the self.
In fact, it is a great book about consciousness too. Read more
This book brilliantly describes the view of the brain as a modeling machine, the place of our mind in the generated model, and the limitations of the mind with respect to the... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2009 by Janson Karl
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