The Mechanism of Mind

Understand how your mind works to maximise memory and creative potential


Author: Edward de Bono

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473527570

Category: Self-Help

Page: 352

View: 2406

The Mechanism of Mind presents Edward de Bono’s original theories on how the brain functions, processes information and organises it. It explains why the brain, the ’mechanism’, can only work in certain ways and introduces the four basic types of thinking that have gone on to inform his life’s work, namely ‘natural thinking’, ‘logical thinking’,’ mathematical thinking’ and ‘lateral thinking’. De Bono also outlines his argument for introducing the word ‘PO’ as an alternative to the word ‘NO’ when putting lateral thinking into practice. Drawing on colourful visual imagery to help explain his theories and thought-processes, from light bulbs and sugar cubes to photography and water erosion, The Mechanism of Mind remains as fascinating and as insightful as it was when it was first published in 1969. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of how the mind works and organises information – and how Edward de Bono came to develop his creative thinking tools.

Intelligence Beyond Thought

Exploding the Mechanism of Mind


Author: Dada

Publisher: Lotus Press

ISBN: 9788183820639

Category: Spiritual life

Page: 397

View: 1082

Autobiography of a Hindu spiritual leader from India.

Intelligence Beyond Thought

Exploding the Mechanism of Mind


Author: Dada Gavand

Publisher: Pilgrims Book House

ISBN: 9788177694505

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 397

View: 421

This autobiography of Dada Gavand shows the way of ultimate psychological revoluation and the discovery of an immortal flame within.

The Mechanism of Man

An Answer to the Question, what Am I? A Popular Introduction to Mental Physiology and Psychology


Author: Edward William Cox

Publisher: N.A


Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

View: 1735

The Necessity of the Mind

An Analytic Study of the Mechanism of Overdetermination in Automatic and Lyrical Thinking and of the Development of Affective Themes in the Individual Consciousness


Author: Roger Caillois

Publisher: N.A


Category: Consciousness

Page: 161

View: 8816

The Oxford Handbook of Functional Brain Imaging in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neurosciences


Author: Andrew C. Papanicolaou

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190669128

Category: Psychology

Page: 608

View: 832

The Oxford Handbook of Functional Brain Imaging in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neurosciences describes in a readily accessible manner the several functional neuroimaging methods and critically appraises their applications that today account for a large part of the contemporary cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology literature. The complexity and the novelty of these methods often cloud appreciation of the methods' contributions and future promise. The Handbook begins with an overview of the basic concepts of functional brain imaging common to all methods, and proceeds with a description of each of them, namely magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Its second part covers the various research applications of functional neuroimaging on issues like the function of the default mode network; the possibility and the utility of imaging of consciousness; the search for mnemonic traces of concepts; human will and decision-making; motor cognition; language; the mechanisms of affective states and pain; the presurgical mapping of the brain; and others. As such, the volume reviews the methods and their contributions to current research and comments on the degree to which they have enhanced our understanding of the relation between neurophysiological activity and sensory, motor, and cognitive functions. Moreover, it carefully considers realistic contributions of functional neuroimaging to future endeavors in cognitive neuroscience, medicine, and neuropsychology.

Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making


Author: Peter Hammerstein,Jeffrey R. Stevens

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262305100

Category: Psychology

Page: 448

View: 9089

How do we make decisions? Conventional decision theory tells us only which behavioral choices we ought to make if we follow certain axioms. In real life, however, our choices are governed by cognitive mechanisms shaped over evolutionary time through the process of natural selection. Evolution has created strong biases in how and when we process information, and it is these evolved cognitive building blocks -- from signal detection and memory to individual and social learning -- that provide the foundation for our choices. An evolutionary perspective thus sheds necessary light on the nature of how we and other animals make decisions.This volume -- with contributors from a broad range of disciplines, including evolutionary biology, psychology, economics, anthropology, neuroscience, and computer science -- offers a multidisciplinary examination of what evolution can tell us about our and other animals' mechanisms of decision making. Human children, for example, differ from chimpanzees in their tendency to over-imitate others and copy obviously useless actions; this divergence from our primate relatives sets up imitation as one of the important mechanisms underlying human decision making. The volume also considers why and when decision mechanisms are robust, why they vary across individuals and situations, and how social life affects our decisions.

Psychologies of Mind

The Collected Papers of John Maze


Author: Rachael Henry

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441140816

Category: Psychology

Page: 386

View: 9594

John Maze was a giant among philosophers of psychology. This exciting, new collection of his published work demonstrates that what is seemingly new in psychology is so often not new at all but frequently consists of ill-informed corruptions of earlier, discarded, misguided attempts. Their collection together is timely in the current, innovatory era of cross-disciplinary exploration and integration on the borderlands of psychology and philosophy, where there is a visible danger that the welcome loosening of barriers to mutual communication also generates some 'wild' theorizing, familiar enough in the history of psychology itself. A corpus remarkable for its coherence, intellectual virtuosity and radicalism over 50 years, it speaks meaningfully to the wide range of psychological theory throughout its history up to the present day. Written with elegance and eloquence, the essays entail a thoroughgoing critical analysis of the most detrimental philosophical erroers of academic psychology in the 20th century, the relegation to history by the 20th century academy of some of the conceptually most promising lines of research, the cost that has been borne by the discipline of psychology, and the most promising future direction for the discipline.

The Mechanism of Creative Evolution


Author: Charles Chamberlain Hurst

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107495237

Category: Science

Page: 386

View: 6684

Originally published in 1932, this book discusses the capacity of humans to influence the process of natural selection and thereby control its outcomes.

Philosophy of Mind

A Comprehensive Introduction


Author: William Jaworski

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444397581

Category: Philosophy

Page: 520

View: 2746

Philosophy of Mind introduces readers to one of the liveliest fields in contemporary philosophy by discussing mind-body problems and the various solutions to them. It provides a detailed yet balanced overview of the entire field that enables readers to jump immediately into current debates. Treats a wide range of mind-body theories and arguments in a fair and balanced way Shows how developments in neuroscience, biology, psychology, and cognitive science have impacted mind-body debates Premise-by-premise arguments for and against each position enable readers to grasp the structure of each argument quickly and easily Diagrams and illustrations help readers absorb the more complex ideas Bibliographic essays at the end of each chapter bring readers up to date on the latest literature Written in a clear, easy to read style that is free of technical jargon, and highly accessible to a broad readership The only book to explain systematically how a hylomorphic theory such as Aristotle’s can contribute to current mind-body debates and vie with current mind-body theories Online chapters on free will and the philosophy of persons make the book a flexible teaching tool for general and introductory philosophy courses - available at