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Mind and Brain Sciences in the 21st Century (MIT Press) Paperback – February 26, 1999

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Comprising 16 essays by noted psychologists and brain scientists whose profound thinking is matched by their lucid prose, this volume brings the serious amateur as well as the professional a real appreciation of the state of the field and its future. Solso (psychology, Univ. of Nevada) sets an exemplary standard in editing the papers, all of which are readable and stimulating, and he provides a summary chapter at the end that some readers may find helpful as a beginning. Prediction is hazardous, but the writers?many of the most important names in the field?take risks prudently and with good humor. The three sections deal with consciousness, brain and mind, and psychology (memory, theory, and cognition). The practical impact of the work comes through, especially in "The Memory Trainers" by Gay Snodgrass (the sole woman here), who pursues the idea that we can determine whether and when we will lose essential brain functions as we age. Other topics are less sensational but equally important. Readers will find clear treatments of scientific method, the importance and limits of theory, the difference between the sciences, and the history of psychology. Essential for most libraries.?E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
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This book provides readers with a glimpse into the 21st century, which could become the Century of the Mind; the consequences of a scientific revolution in our understanding of ourselves will change society in ways that we are only beginning to imagine.

(Terrence Sejnowski, Professor, The Salk Institue for Biological Studies Professor of Biology, The University of California, San Diego Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

On the brink of a new millenium, where does our understanding of the mind stand? If you want lucid, insightful, sophisticated yetaccessible answers to this question, read this book! An expertly edited, intellectually appetizing collection that brings together future visions of those who have helped shape the field of mind/brain sciences in our century....

(Guven Guzeldere, Duke University)

Solso has done a great service by gathering these eminent thinkers toprod us into pondering the future.

(American Scientist)

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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book; 1st edition (February 26, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262692236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262692236
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,181,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patrick McCuller on August 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The essays in this book are speculative, but most of the book consists of reviews of "where we have been, where we are now" with cautious extrapolations towards the future. There are a few exceptions, but I skimmed them: I'll read a good SF novel instead.
Published in 1996, as a body the essays have aged very well. There has been a great deal of progress in neuroscience in the last decade, and it continues to pace ahead. Still, this is a good book for getting up to speed and virtually every paragraph is easily understood by laymen.
I found four spelling errors in my hardcover copy.
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Great help for my papers when I needed it.
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