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Author Frith, Christopher D.

Title Making up the mind : how the brain creates our mental world / Chris Frith.

Imprint Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  612.82 F918m 2007    ---  Available
Description xii, 234 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents List of abbreviations -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Prologue : Real scientists don't study the mind -- The psychologist's fear of the party -- Hard science and soft science -- Hard science - objective ; soft science - subjective -- Can big science save soft science? -- Measuring mental activity -- How can the mental emerge from the physical? -- I can read your mind -- How the brain creates the world -- pt. 1. Seeing through the brain's illusions -- 1. Clues from a damaged brain -- Sensing the physical world -- The mind and the brain -- When the brain doesn't know -- When the brain knows, but doesn't tell -- When the brain tells lies -- How brain activity creates false knowledge -- How to make your brain lie to you -- Checking the reality of our experiences -- How do we know what's real? -- 2. What a normal brain tells us about the world -- Illusions of awareness -- Our secretive brain -- Our distorting brain -- Our creative brain -- 3. What the brain tells us about our bodies -- Privileged access? -- Where's the border? -- We don't know what we are doing -- Who's in control? -- My brain can act perfectly well without me -- Phantoms in the brain -- There's nothing wrong with me -- Who's doing it? -- Where is the "You"? -- pt. 2. How the brain does it -- 4. Getting ahead by prediction -- Patterns of reward and punishment -- How the brain embeds us in the world and then hides us -- The feeling of being in control -- When the system fails -- The invisible actor at the center of the world -- 5. Our perception of the world is a fantasy that coincides with reality -- Our brain creates an effortless perception of the physical world -- The information revolution -- What can clever machines really do? -- A problem with information theory -- The Reverend Thomas Bayes -- The ideal Bayesian observer -- How a Bayesian brain can make models of the world -- Is there a rhinoceros in the room? -- Where does prior knowledge come from? -- How action tells us about the world -- My perception is not of the world, but of my brain's model of the world -- Color is in the brain, not in the world -- Perception is a fantasy that coincides with reality -- We are not the slaves of our senses -- So how do we know what's real? -- Imagination is extremely boring -- 6. How brains model minds -- Biological motion : the way living things move -- How movements can reveal intentions -- Imitation -- Imitation : perceiving the goals of others -- Humans and robots -- Empathy -- The experience of agency -- The problem with privileged access -- Illusions of agency -- Hallucinating other agents -- pt. 3. Culture and the brain -- 7. Sharing minds - how the brain creates culture -- The problem with translation -- Meanings and goals -- Solving the inverse problem -- Prior knowledge and prejudice -- What will he do next? -- Other people are contagious -- Communication is more than just speaking -- Teaching is not just a demonstration to be imitated -- Closing the loop -- Fork handles : the two Ronnies close the loop (eventually) -- Fully closing the loop -- Knowledge can be shared -- Knowledge is power -- The truth -- Epilogue : Me and my brain -- Chris Frith and I -- Searching for the will in the brain -- Where is the top in top-down control? -- The homunculus -- This book is not about consciousness -- Why are people so nice (as long as they are treated fairly?) -- Even an illusion has responsibilities -- The evidence -- Illustrations and text credits -- Index.
Subject Brain -- Popular works.
Human behavior -- Physiological aspects.
Neuropsychiatry -- Popular works.
Neuropsychology -- Popular works.
Behavior -- physiology.
Perception -- physiology.
ISBN 9781405160223 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1405160225 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Standard No. NLM 101310581
YDXCP 2519399
YDXCP 100435592
YDXCP 100445971
NZ1 11122504

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