James W. Brown
Brown, Jason W. Metapsychology of the Creative Process: Continuous Novelty as the Ground of Creative Advance. Imprint Academic, 2017
Many are fascinated by the phenomenon of genius and search for an understanding of its nature. Modern research is not especially helpful in elucidating the inner process or its relation to ordinary thought. The present work comes from clinical studies of focal brain injuries that dissect unconscious cognition to reveal sub-surface lines of processing. The outcome is a process (microgenetic) theory of the mental state that differs markedly from mainstream (cognitive) psychology, but with the potential to clarify many features of thought and imagery, normal and exceptional. Creativity is not an isolated problem but touches on many central issues in philosophical psychology.- Google Books
James W. Brown
Brown, J. Love and other emotions: On the process of feeling. Routledge, 2012
In this book, Jason Brown does for emotion what he has already done brilliantly for thought and language, imagery, and perception. Microgenetic theory, his unique unifying account of the mind/brain process, is particularly well-suited to elucidate the edges of ineffability. In Love and Other Emotions, Brown applies the theory to those realms where words and conscious thought so often fail us. Only poetry can bring us as close. With mature erudition, wisdom, and compelling logic, Brown shares his profound insights into what must surely be the most mysterious dimension of mind/brain function and human experience. Savor and reflect. (Stephen E. Levick, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry)
Critchley, E.M.R. Neurological Boundaries of Reality. London: Farrand Press, 1994
By examining various aspects of human awareness, including the sense of touch, deafness, and the constraints of language, this volume aims to define the essence of the material world in neurological rather than psychological or psychiatric terms.
Cytowic, R. The Man Who Tasted Shapes. TarcherPerigee, 1993
n this medical detective adventure, Cytowic shows how synesthesia, or "joined sensation," illuminates a wide swath of mental life and leads to a new view of what it means to be human. Richard Cytowic's dinner host apologized, "There aren't enough points on the chicken " He felt flavor also as a physical shape in his hands, and the chicken had come out "too round." This offbeat comment in 1980 launched Cytowic's exploration into the oddity called synesthesia. He is one of the few world authorities on the subject. Sharing a root with anesthesia ("no sensation"), synesthesia means "joined sensation," whereby a voice, for example, is not only heard but also seen, felt, or tasted. The trait is involuntary, hereditary, and fairly common. It stayed a scientific mystery for two centuries until Cytowic's original experiments led to a neurological explanation--and to a new concept of brain organization that accentuates emotion over reason. That chicken dinner two decades ago led Cytowic to explore a deeper reality that, he argues, exists in everyone but is often just below the surface of awareness (which is why finding meaning in our lives can be elusive). In this medical detective adventure, Cytowic shows how synesthesia, far from being a mere curiosity, illuminates a wide swath of mental life and leads to a new view of what is means to be human--a view that turns upside down conventional ideas about reason, emotional knowledge, and self-understanding.
Donald, Merlin. Origins of the modern mind: Three stages in the evolution of culture and cognition. Harvard University Press, 1991
This bold and brilliant book asks the ultimate question of the life sciences: How did the human mind acquire its incomparable power? In seeking the answer, Merlin Donald traces the evolution of human culture and cognition from primitive apes to artificial intelligence, presenting an enterprising and original theory of how the human mind evolved from its presymbolic form.
Karl H. Pribram
Pribram, Karl H. Brain and Perception: Holonomy and Structure in Figural Processing. Distinguished Lecture Series. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1991
Presented as a series of lectures, this important volume achieves four major goals: 1) It integrates the results of the author's research as applied to pattern perception -- reviewing current brain research and showing how several lines of inquiry have been converging to produce a paradigm shift in our understanding of the neural basis of figural perception. 2) It updates the holographic hypothesis of brain function in perception. 3) It emphasizes the fact that both distributed (holistic) and localized (structural) processes characterize brain function. 4) It portrays a neural systems analysis of brain organization in figural perception by computational models -- describing processing in terms of formalisms found useful in ordering data in 20th-century physical and engineering sciences. The lectures are divided into three parts: a Prolegomenon outlining a theoretical framework for the presentation; Part I dealing with the configurable aspects of perception; and Part II presenting its cognitive aspects.
Barraquer-Bordas, L. Afasias, apraxias, agnosias. Barcelona: Ediciones Toray, 1976
Professor Barraquer has produced an elementary textbook of disorders of the higher functions which gives a good general survey of current thinking. It draws quite widely on the publications of authors from many countries although especially on the modern French School. It will serve as an excellent introduction to this area for the Spanish-speaking medical student or physician in training. Indeed it is one of the best short volumes on this group of topics available today and it is a pity that it is not available in English.
Dahlberg, Charles. Stroke: A Doctor's Personal Story of His Recovery. London: W. W. Norton & Co, 1977
Dr. Dahlberg's post-stroke diaries are accompanied by explanations of the illness and the recovery process to help patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional problems involved.
R. B. Masterton
Evolution, Brain, and Behavior. Persistent Problems/Edited By R. B. Masterton, W. Hodos, H. J. Jerison. Taylor & Francis, 1976
Burrhus F. Skinner,
Skinner, B. F. Particulars of my life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976
Burrhus Frederic Skinner was an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher. He was a professor of psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974.
The 1st volume of Skinner's autobiography takes him through childhood, adolescence, college, and life in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1920s, when he was attempting to become a writer until at the age of 24 he gave up literature as a career and went to the graduate department of psychology at Harvard. - PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved
Clayton R. Paul
Paul, Clayton R. Physiology of Nerve Cells. Wiley & Sons, 1975
Bartlett, F. Remembering: A Study in Experimental and Social Psychology. Cambridge University Press, 1967
In his major work, Remembering: A Study in Experimental and Social Psychology (1932), Bartlett advanced the concept that memories of past events and experiences are actually mental reconstructions that are colored by cultural attitudes and personal habits, rather than being direct recollections of observations made at the time. In experiments beginning in 1914, Bartlett showed that very little of an event is actually perceived at the time of its occurrence but that, in reconstructing the memory, gaps in observation or perception are filled in with the aid of previous experiences. A later work, Thinking: An Experimental and Social Study (1958), broke no new theoretical ground but added observations on the social character of human thinking.
Über die Pathophysiologie der Agnosien, Aphasien, Apraxien und der Zerfahrenheit des Denkens bei der Schizophrenie
Zaimov, Kosta. Über die Pathophysiologie der Agnosien, Aphasien, Apraxien und der Zerfahrenheit des Denkens bei der Schizophrenie. Jena: Gustav Fischer, 1965
Wertheimer, Max. Productive Thinking, New York: HarperCollins, 1959
Acta Physiologica Scandinavica
In Honor of S. Ramon Y Cajal: On the Centenary of his Birth 1952. Stockholm, 1953
This supplement of Acta Physiologica Scandinavica is contributed by members of a research group in neurophysiology in honor of the centenary of Ramón y Cajal's birth. There are thirty-one separate articles on various aspects of neurophysiology. Of these, thirteen deal with the tracts and reflex connections in the spinal cord, three with the brain stem, and seven with the receptor peripheral nerves and nerve roots; three are concerned with the retina; two deal with technical matters and one is on bladder musculature. A translation of the summaries in Spanish is appended at the end of the volume. This wide range of studies concerned with neurophysiology indeed pays a tribute to the comprehensiveness of Cajal's work in histology, which still serves as a solid basis for investigation in this field.
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