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Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental Worldby Chris Frith
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Inside your head there is an amazing labor-saving device; more effective than the latest high-tech computer. Your brain frees you from the everyday tasks of moving about in the world around you, allowing you to concentrate on the things that are important to you: making friends and influencing people. However, the ‘you’ that is released into this social world is also a construction of your brain. It is your brain that enables you to share your mental life with the people around you.
Making up the Mind is the first accessible account of experimental studies showing how the brain creates our mental world. Using evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments, and studies with patients, Chris Frith, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, explores the relationship between the mind and the brain.
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.
Making Up the Mind is the first accessible account of experimental studies showing how the brain creates our mental world.
About the Author
Chris Frith is Professor in Neuropsychology at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London. His publications include Schizophrenia: A Very Short Introduction (2003, with Eve C. Johnstone) and The Neuroscience of Social Interaction (2004, edited with Daniel Wolpert).
Table of Contents
Prologue: Real scientists don’t study the mind.
Part I: Seeing through the brain’s illusions:.
1. Clues from a damaged brain.
2. What a normal brain tells us about the world.
3. What the brain tells us about our bodies.
Part II: How the brain does it:.
4. Getting ahead by prediction.
5. Our perception of the world is a fantasy that coincides with reality.
6. How brains model minds.
Part III: Culture and the brain:.
7. Sharing minds – How the brain creates culture.
Epilogue: Me and my Brain.
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