Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World by Chris Frith

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By Chris Frith

Written by way of one of many world’s top neuroscientists, Making Up the Mind is the 1st available account of experimental reviews exhibiting how the mind creates our psychological world.

* makes use of proof from mind imaging, mental experiments and reports of sufferers to discover the connection among the brain and the mind
* Demonstrates that our wisdom of either the psychological and actual involves us via types created by way of our mind
* exhibits how the mind makes communique of principles from one brain to a different possible

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1959). Visual perception and personality, Scientific American, 200(4), 56–60 (58): photograph courtesy of William Vandivert. in a square room or there could be three normal men in a weird room. My brain may be choosing an unlikely interpretation of the scene, but at least it is a possible interpretation. “There is no one correct interpretation,” protests the Professor of English. I argue that, though the evidence is ambiguous, this does not mean that there is no correct interpretation. But, in addition, our brain hides from us this ambiguity and only presents us with one of the possible interpretations.

The visual hallucinations, associated with Charles Bonnet syndrome,14 are often just colored patches or patterns. Sufferers describe very fine golden wire netting, oval shapes full of brickwork patterns, or fireworks exploding in vivid colors. Faces and figures are also seen. Faces are usually distorted and ugly with prominent eyes and teeth. When figures are reported, they are typically small and wearing hats or period costumes. There’s heads of 17th-century men and women, with nice heads of hair.

Clues from a Damaged Brain 37 sound. Only when she could find no source did she conclude that the music was in her mind. 22 How Do We Know What’s Real? Sometimes we can be absolutely convinced of the reality of what we are experiencing, even though it is false. I was haunted with a great many terrifying and disquieting Visions and Voices; which tho’ (I believe) they had no Reality in themselves, yet they seem’d to be such to me, and had the same Effect upon me, as if they had been really what they appear’d to be.

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