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Oxford Companion to the Mind


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Preface. List of contributors. Note to the Reader. A-Z text. Index. Illustration acknowledgements. Contributors

About the Author

About the Author Richard Gregory is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bristol, and founder chairman of The Exploratory, a hands-on science center. He is an experimental psychologist and inventor, whose interests include human perception, especially visual illusions, and artificial intelligence.


This dictionary approach to the human mind comprises topical definitions and discussions by over 100 authorities and scholars. The bias is distinctly British, and more attention is paid to the trenchant issues of neurophysiology than to the elaboration on philosophical theories in their historical complexity. Like some of the other Oxford Companions in print, this volume is by turns annoyingly quirky and engaging for the inveterate browser. However, the topics it undertakes to discuss can be researched more satisfactorily in other, more traditional references, including medical dictionaries, subject encyclopedias of philosophy and the social sciences, and the contributors' own full-length works. Recommended only for intellectually oriented browsing collections. Index not seen. Francisca Goldsmith, Golden Gate Univ. Lib, San Francisco

For a more wide-ranging and accessible exploration of things mental, one could hardly do better than to consult The Oxford Companion to the Mind.... A masterful compilation in one volume of virtually every important aspect of mind, brain and consciousness.--The Washington Post Book World
...a particularly engaging encyclopedia of psychology and cognitive science. The volume is rich on history and particularly history of individuals. --American Journal of Psychology

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