- Series: Introducing
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books (June 26, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785783130
- ISBN-13: 978-1785783135
- Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introducing Mind and Brain: A Graphic Guide Paperback – June 26, 2018
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About the Author
Angus Gellatly was Professor of Psychology and Head of Department at Keele University and is now at the Open University. He used to write fiction in the days when he had the time.
Oscar Zarate is a highly acclaimed graphic artist who has illustrated many Introducing titles. His prize-winning graphic novel A Small Killing is known throughout the world.
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On the good side, the illustrations are very useful, especially to someone like myself who is still a beginner when it comes to science, and the writing itself is succinct and clear.
"Introducing Mind & Brain" could have been titled "Introducing Neuroscience". Those readers having difficulty buying into the functionalist materialist viewpoint described in the other two books will find persuasive evidence here.
I owe 31 of these "Introducing" books, of which I back in 2005 discovered the first of these in a shop for used books, out here in Thailand, and after that then bought the other at Amazon. There are a few more of these which I would like to buy but it looks as Amazon now only are having them in the smaller dimension, and as I only can use my left hand, and always use speed marker, they for me are to hard to work with. As we see in Amazon they are having the dimensions 4.3 * 6.5 Inches, but all of mines, except one I bought by a mistake, are having the dimensions 5.5 * 8.5 Inches. The price for the bigger ones were 3 $ higher. But all of the writings and drawings inside are precisely equal either being big or small.
But back to the writing and drawing concerning these "Introducing" books I have been reading that for example in high school some of these books are used in the first half year when starting on a new subject. In Denmark, for a subject, this would be for the first section (modul) of 120 hours. And the contents in these books are good fitting for this, as they are written by experts.
When we in Amazon are looking into this book we first see that there is no "Table of Contents", while there are none in the book, and beside we read that the sides 82 - 156 are not in "Preview". But on these sides there are most about how the brains function in the normal daily life, and opposite to this in the cases of different sicknesses - abnormalities.
In the "Introducing Mind and Brain" we trough out the book learn about many of the persons who during time, from starting in Greece and during the continuing Western culture, came with ideas and discoveries concerning the brain. And we are getting many good drawings of the brain with remarks on the part in brain connected to the writing and drawings of person's different kind of behaviors.
For example we on the side 106 learn about "Motion blindness", caused by damage to part V5 in the brain, and that the persons having this failure are seeing the world around them as series of still photographs (no continuing film) and the resulting problem in for example safely just crossing the traffic road.
And for example on the side 105 we are having writings and a drawing about the "Loss of Colour". And here we also learn about the possibility with unilateral damage, which is having only the failure in one Hemisphere, either for only the right or left side of the brain, instead of in the total brain. So one side of the brain seeing (recognizing) in color while the other side is seeing in black and white, and the resulting problems of this.
And concerning memory and mind we among other learn about Amnesia, resulting in no feeling, or sensing, of the movement in time. That is just minutes after something have happened not recall it as something which just has happened or happened years ago. With drawings showing a wife going out for shopping, and then when she after 5 minutes return back home her husband believing that it's years since he last saw her.
But in the book there are much more of interesting cases concerning normal and un normal cases for the brains working, and all together much information on only 180 sides. But again drawings helps to shorten the needed writings, and for many persons also results in quicker learning and understanding.
This book really does a great job covering all important aspects: people that historically played important roles in the development of the theories, explanation of theories themselves, how complex functions and "simple" functions are executed, questions about the existence of "mind" vs. biological brain, introduces a variety mental/physical conditions and its explanations, the list goes on and on (there are MANY more interesting topics I'm leaving out). There are SOOOO MANY interesting things covered in this book and it is done so well, you can't help but to become interested in further reading, whether it be philosophical, biological, or psychological.
"On Intelligence" [Jeff Hawkins] which was excellent
"The Creative Brain" [Nancy Andreason]
"Origins of Genius" [Keith Simonton]
This one tiny volume, almost like a comic book at first glance because of the profusion of illustrations [one of these authors must be left handed], was the absolute most important resource on the structure and function of the brain. Other books I read and set aside. This one I keep around as a guide book to the brain. I would suggest this "Introducing Mind and Brain" book and "On Intelligence" as the only must buy.