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Mindworks: Time and Conscious Experience Hardcover – March, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; 1st edition (March 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151521905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151521906
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Does the human fetus have dreams as a way of "breaking in" the brain for postnatal functioning? Do negative emotions register more strongly on the left side of the face? Poppel, a German neuroscientist, answers yes to both questions, citing scattered evidence. Despite its dry, academic style, this exploration of how the mind works is peppered with intriguing facts and speculation. Through a series of mental exercises supported by illustrations, readers are invited to examine how people construct their inner experience of time and space. The author's attempt to prove that an unconscious mind exists whether or not one accepts Freud is enlightening. In short, incisive chapters, he unearths periodic patterns in speech and poetry, and shows how an internal biological clock affects one's experience of work, depression, sleep, waking and boredom.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Poppel, a German neuroscientist, first published this analysis of time and the mind in German in 1985. The book proceeds logically in temporal order from perception of simultaneity (measured in thousandths of a second), to duration of the present (about three seconds), to dream and circadian rhythms and memory, and finally to the interrelation between consciousness and unconsciousness in past, present, and future time frames. Poppel weaves into the discussion quotes from earlier philosophers and psychologists whose views bear on aspects of the mind under study. An insightful summary for those looking for implications of experimental studies of human mental processes. Margery C. Coombs, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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