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||Prologue -- Part One. Significant Ideas. Conscious and Unconscious -- The Sad Case of Phineas Gage -- Understanding Our Ancestors, Understanding Our Emotions -- Individual Differences and Development -- Part Two. Learning, Language, Thinking. Stimulus and Response -- Language -- Mental Models -- The Digital World -- Part Three. Mind and Brain. You Need Your Head Examined -- Mental Illness, Psychosomatic Illness -- fMRI and Brain Bases of Experience -- Feeling within the Self, Feeling for Others -- Part Four. Community. In Affection and Conflict -- Cooperation -- What Is It about Love? -- Culture -- Part Five. Common Humanity. Imagination, Stories, Empathy -- Authority and Morality -- Creativity, Expertise, Grit -- Consciousness and Free Will -- Epilogue.
||An original history of psychology told through the stories of its most important breakthroughs and the people who made them Advances in psychology have revolutionized our understanding of the human mind. Imaging technology allows researchers to monitor brain activity, letting us see what happens when we perceive, think, and feel. But technology is only part of how ideas about the mind and brain have developed over the past century and a half. In Our Minds, Our Selves, distinguished psychologist and writer Keith Oatley provides an engaging, original, and authoritative history of modern psychology told through the stories of its most important breakthroughs and the men and women who made them. Our Minds, Our Selves traverses a fascinating terrain: forms of conscious and unconscious knowledge; brain physiology; emotion; stages of mental development from infancy to adulthood; language acquisition and use; the nature of memory; mental illness; morality; free will; creativity; the mind at work in art and literature; and, most important, our ability to cooperate with one another. Controversial experiments--such as Stanley Milgram's investigation of our willingness to obey authority and inflict pain and Philip Zimbardo and his colleagues' study of behavior in a simulated prison--are covered in detail. Biographical sketches illuminate the thinkers behind key insights and turning points: historical figures such as Hermann Helmholtz, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget, B. F. Skinner, and Alan Turing; leading contemporaries such as Geoffrey Hinton, Michael Tomasello, and Tania Singer; and influential people from other fields, including Margaret Mead, Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, and Gabrielle Starr. Enhancing our understanding of ourselves and others, psychology holds the potential to create a better world. Our Minds, Our Selves tells the story of this most important of sciences in a new and appealing way. -- Provided by publisher.