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Preface; PART 1: TORTURE AND SEDUCTION; 1. The birth of a word; 2. God or the group?; 3. The power of persuasion; 4. Hoping to heal; 5. 'I suggest, you persuade, he brainwashes'; 6. Brainwashing and influence; PART 2: THE TRAITOR IN YOUR SKULL; 7. Our ever-changing brains; 8. Webs and new worlds; 9. Swept away; 10. The power of stop-and-think; 11. That freedom thing; PART 3: FREEDOM AND CONTROL; 12. Victims and predators; 13. Mind factories; 14. Science and nightmare; 15. Taking a stand; Notes; References; Further reading; Glossary; Index

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Kathleen Taylor is a research scientist in the physiology department, Oxford University. In 2003 she won first prize in both the THES/OUP Science Essay competition and the THES Humanities and Social Sciences Writing Prize.


Quite a fascinating book whose content tends to linger long after you have put it down. Definitely a must-read for those in the social psychology field and all other psychologists interested in this area. Doody's Journal

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