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The Oxford Companion to the Mind


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Preface Contributors Glossary Note to the Reader The Oxford Companion to the Mind A-Z Index Acknowledgements

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Richard L. Gregory FRSE was Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol. He died in 2010.


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

`This wonderful companion has lived in my study and been a pleasure for browsing. Richard Gregory is surely the ideal guide for a grand tour of the mind- engaging and personable, his stamp is impressed throughout, with wit, humour, knowledge, insights and eccentricities, as well as fine obituaries. Without doubt this would make a perfect present for any psychologist or would-be psychologist student.' The Psychologist `Review from previous edition any reader with a serious interest in mental phenomena will find this a feast of a book' Times Higher Education Supplement `a masterful compilation in one volume of virtually every important aspect of mind, brain and consciousness' Washington Post `This new edition deserves a place on the shelf of any psychology buff' FT Magazine `the book is wholly admirable and will give pleasure, enlightenment and stimulation in all the years to come' Guardian `The second edition of Richard Gregory's lovely book does justice to the greatness of its subject and to its renowned predecessor.' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine `The book's compact and sober exterior belies a breadth and exuberance as astonishing as the paradoxes it celebrates.' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine `...universally readable, frequently entertaining, and sometimes historic pieces ranging in scope from definitions and brief vignettes to substantial essays.' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

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