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Brain, Mind and Behaviour


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David Robinson was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. After leaving school he spent several years in England and the United States but returned to Ulster where he eventually enrolled to study Psychology at the University of Ulster. A B.Sc. degree at Ulster was followed by a doctorate from Oxford University and by two further years at Oxford doing post-doctoral teaching and research. He then moved to the United States where he took up a Research Fellowship offered by Brown University. Following Brown University, Dr. Robinson spent two years as a Visiting Associate at the U.S. National Institute on Ageing and then moved to Australia. After eight years he resigned his tenured position as Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and moved to Kuwait. Dr. Robinson is now Professor of Psychology and Chairman of the Department of Community Medicine and Behavioural Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Kuwait. Professor Robinson has developed new techniques for the analysis of brain electrical activity and two specific discoveries are worthy of special mention. First, he has been able to demonstrate that temperament and personality differences are related in a meaningful way to differences in brain electrical activity. Secondly, he has shown that high IQ is associated with an intermediate degree of cerebral excitability. Professor Robinson believes that one of the greatest challenges for science at the start of the new millennium is to seek a better understanding of differences in cognition and personality that are attributable to differences in brain function. He points out that there are profound differences in personality and cognition that should be studied intensively because they influence every aspect of human existence. His own empirical and theoretical contributions to this area are described in over 50 articles in peer-reviewed science journals and in his new book Brain, Mind and Behaviour: A New Perspective on Human Nature.


"This is a most unusual book. The main theme is the biology of personality and intelligence but in developing his ideas Dr. Robinson, who himself has made important contributions to the field, ranges wide. His scope covers the historical origins of the topic, contemporary laboratory evidence (including his own unique contribution) and social and philosophical implications. Dr. Robinson goes from cell to psyche in a manner that will inform and appeal to a broad readership: from first year student to advanced scholar."-Gordon Claridge Oxford University Lecturer in Abnormal Psychology Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford

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