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The Oxford companion to the mind /
edited by Richard L. Gregory.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Oxford ; Toronto : Oxford University Press, 2004.
description
xx, 1004 p. : ill., music ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0198662246 :
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; Toronto : Oxford University Press, 2004.
isbn
0198662246 :
standard identifier
9780198662242
catalogue key
5284121
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1988-03:
This eccentric and eclectic ``companion'' emphasizes neuropsychology and neurophysiology. The editor (neuropsychology, University of Bristol) has seen that perception is strongly covered as well. No attempt has been made to Americanize terminology or spelling. The 1,000 entries are about a page in length; and some include short bibliographies (often dated). Most of the 200 contributors are British. Although there are transparent omissions, some topics are not fully covered (e.g., emotions), and there is odd overcoverage in other areas (e.g., 15 pages of articles beginning with ``vision'' and ``visual,'' and unusual, long articles on ``Evolution: Has It a Purpose?'' and ``Egyptian Concepts of Mind''). Some articles have baroque and turgid prose (``intentionality is aboutness''), while others are clear condensations. Although fun to browse through, this book is not a necessary addition if a collection includes Encyclopedia of Psychology, ed. by Raymond J. Corsini (Wiley, 1984); the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. by Paul Edwards (Wiley, 1984); Dictionary of the History of Ideas, ed. by Philip Wiener (Scribners, 1968); and a new edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.-N.B. Tuck, College of Marin
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-05-15:
First published in 1987, this second edition contains over 1000 alphabetically arragned entries on all aspects of the mind, including topics in neurophysiology, communication, psychology, and philosophy, as well as people relevant to the field. Returning as editor, Gregory oversees a team of British and American researchers who contribute articles varying in length from a few sentences to longer essays and are generally accessible to the nonspecialist. Most also have a bibliography of references dating primarily before 1980. Although some terms have been updated and added, much remains the same; a glossary has been added but seems rather unnecessary given its small size and duplication with entries in the main section. Likewise, the index is not particularly useful because it either points to the obvious or forces the user to hunt for a minute piece of information. In fact, the dictionary includes such a hodgepodge of terms that it is difficult to determine who would find it useful. Moreover, the inclusion of seemingly unrelated topics is puzzling, e.g., diver performance and Richard Francis Burton. Bottom Line Although the casual browser can learn intriguing details about the mind from this set, it should not be the only source of information for the serious researcher. For that, see Nature Publishing's four-volume Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science or the single-volume MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. Recommended as a supplemental purchase for academic libraries.-Teresa U. Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Libs., Knoxville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
'a masterful compilation in one volume of virtually every important aspect of mind, brain and consciousness'Washington Post
"Editor Gregory (neuropsychology emeritus, Bristol U.) and contributors explore over 1,000 aspects of the human mind, including memory, language, imagination, mental illness and handicap, consciousness, sensory and extrasensory perception, and a wide array of theories, symptoms, and syndromes. Contributors come from such diverse fields as experimental psychology, linguistics, psychiatry, neuroscience, philosophy, and physics. This second edition includes updated information from new research on such topics as artificial life, imagination, and cruelty, and mini-symposia on consciousness, brain imaging, and artificial intelligence. Gregory includes a glossary and an index of subjects and contributors. Now it is impossible to excuse oneself by saying one does not have an owner's manual for one's mind."--Reference and Research Library Book News
'Review from previous edition any reader with a serious interest in mentalphenomena will find this a feast of a book'Times Higher Education Supplement
'Review from previous edition any reader with a serious interest in mental phenomena will find this a feast of a book'Times Higher Education Supplement
'the book is wholly admirable and will give pleasure, enlightenment and stimulation in all the years to come'Guardian
'The book's compact and sober exterior belies a breadth and exuberance asastonishing as the paradoxes it celebrates.'Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
'The book's compact and sober exterior belies a breadth and exuberance as astonishing as the paradoxes it celebrates.'Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
'The second edition of Richard Gregory's lovely book does justice to thegreatness of its subject and to its renowned predecessor.'Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
'The second edition of Richard Gregory's lovely book does justice to the greatness of its subject and to its renowned predecessor.'Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
'This new edition deserves a place on the shelf of any psychology buff'FT Magazine
'This wonderful companion has lived in my study and been a pleasure forbrowsing. Richard Gregory is surely the ideal guide for a grand tour of themind- engaging and personable, his stamp is impressed throughout, with wit,humour, knowledge, insights and eccentricities, as well as fine obituaries.Without doubt this would make a perfect present for any psychologist or would-bepsychologist student.'The Psychologist
'This wonderful companion has lived in my study and been a pleasure for browsing. Richard Gregory is surely the ideal guide for a grand tour of the mind- engaging and personable, his stamp is impressed throughout, with wit, humour, knowledge, insights and eccentricities, as well as fineobituaries. Without doubt this would make a perfect present for any psychologist or would-be psychologist student.'The Psychologist
'...universally readable, frequently entertaining, and sometimes historic pieces ranging in scope from definitions and brief vignettes to substantial essays.'Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
'This wonderful companion has lived in my study and been a pleasure for browsing. Richard Gregory is surely the ideal guide for a grand tour of the mind- engaging and personable, his stamp is impressed throughout, with wit, humour, knowledge, insights and eccentricities, as well as fine obituaries. Without doubt this would make a perfect present for any psychologist or would-be psychologist student.'The Psychologist'Review from previous edition any reader with a serious interest in mental phenomena will find this a feast of a book'Times Higher Education Supplement'a masterful compilation in one volume of virtually every important aspect of mind, brain and consciousness'Washington Post'This new edition deserves a place on the shelf of any psychology buff'FT Magazine'the book is wholly admirable and will give pleasure, enlightenment and stimulation in all the years to come'Guardian'The second edition of Richard Gregory's lovely book does justice to the greatness of its subject and to its renowned predecessor.'Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine'The book's compact and sober exterior belies a breadth and exuberance as astonishing as the paradoxes it celebrates.'Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine'...universally readable, frequently entertaining, and sometimes historic pieces ranging in scope from definitions and brief vignettes to substantial essays.'Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Cultural as well as scientific, 'The Oxford Companion To The Mind' combines authoritative description and analysis with lightness, wit, and a personal touch. This edition presents three new mini symposia on consciousness, brain imaging, and artificial intelligence.
Long Description
The Oxford Companion to the Mind is a classic. Published in 1987, to huge acclaim, it immediately took its place as the indispensable guide to the mysteries - and idiosyncracies - of the human mind. In no other book can the reader find discussions of concepts such as language, memory, and intelligence, side by side with witty definitions of common human experiences such as the 'cocktail-party' and 'halo' effects, and the least effort principle. Richard Gregory again brings his wit, wisdom, and expertise to bear on this most elusive of subjects. Research into the mind and brain has moved on in bounds in recent years, and interest in the subject has never been so high. There has been a shift in focus away from Freud's concept of the unconscious onto consciousness itself. The new edition of the Companion includes three 'mini symposia' - on consciousness, brain scanning, and artificial intelligence - with contributions from a number of specialists, and encompassing a range of approaches. Cultural as well as scientific in approach, this accessible book offers authoritative descriptions and analysis. With new entries on controversial topics such as artificial life, attachment theory, caffeine, cruetly, drama, extra-terrestrial intelligence, genetics of mental illness, imagination, lying, puzzles, and twins, this highly-anticipated second edition explores the most intriguing of subjects.
Main Description
The Oxford Companion to the Mind,edited by Richard L. Gregory, is a classic. Published in 1987, to huge acclaim, it immediately took its place as the indispensable guide to the mysteries - and idiosyncracies - of the human mind. In no other book can the reader find indiscussions of conceptssuch as language, memory, and intelligence, side by side with witty definitions of common human experiences such as the 'cocktail-party' and 'halo' effects, and the least effort principle. Richard Gregory again brings his wit, wisdom, and expertise to bear on this most elusive of subjects. Research into the mind and brain has moved on in bounds in recent years, and interest in the subject has never been so high. There has been a shift in focus away from Freud's concept of theunconscious onto consciousness itself. The new edition of the Companion includes three 'mini symposia' - on consciousness, brain scanning, and artificial intelligence - with contributions from a number of specialists, and encompassing a range of approaches.
Main Description
The Oxford Companion to the Mindis a classic. Published in 1987, to huge acclaim, it immediately took its place as the indispensable guide to the mysteries - and idiosyncracies - of the human mind. In no other book can the reader find discussions of concepts such as language, memory, and intelligence, side by side with witty definitions of common human experiences such as the 'cocktail-party' and 'halo' effects, and the least effort principle. Richard Gregory again brings his wit, wisdom, and expertise to bear on this most elusive of subjects. Research into the mind and brain has moved on in bounds in recent years, and interest in the subject has never been so high. There has been a shift in focus away from Freud's concept of the unconscious onto consciousness itself. The new edition of theCompanionincludes three 'mini symposia' - on consciousness, brain scanning, and artificial intelligence - with contributions from a number of specialists, and encompassing a range of approaches. Cultural as well as scientific in approach, this accessible book offers authoritative descriptions and analysis. With new entries on controversial topics such as artificial life, attachment theory, caffeine, cruetly, drama, extra-terrestrial intelligence, genetics of mental illness, imagination, lying, puzzles, and twins, this highly-anticipated second edition explores the most intriguing of subjects.
Main Description
We all have a mind, but how much do we know about what it is, and how it works? How do philosophers, physiologists, pyschologists and psychiatrists differ in their understanding of its processes? This second edition of the highly acclaimed Oxford Companion to the Mind attempts to answer these questions, and raises more, as it explores this most-intriguing of subjects. Includes Roger Penrose and Steven Rose on consciousness; Beryl Bainbridge on construction of fiction; Raj Persaud on depression; Richard Gregory on facial expression, illusions of vision and consciousness; Ted Honderich on free will; and Noam Chomsky on language.New to this editionThree new mini symposia on consciousness, brain imaging and artificial intelligence with contributions from a range of specialists, representing the variety of approaches to these major subjects in a balanced but lively and personal wayNew entries include artificial life, attachment theory, caffeine, conjuring, cruelty, drama, extra-terrestrial intelligence, face-to-face communication, genetics of mental illness, imagination, lying, puzzles and twins
Table of Contents
Preface
Contributors
Glossary
Note to the Reader
The Oxford Companion to the Mind A-Z
Index
Acknowledgements
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