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The oxford companion to the mind / edited by Richard L. Gregory with the assistance of O.L. Zangwill

Contributor(s): Gregory, Richard L | Zangwill, O.L.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBook; Format: print Publisher: Oxford : Oxford university Press, 1987ISBN: 0-19-866124-x.Subject(s): Psychology -- Dictionaries | Mind and body -- Dictionaries | Philosophy -- Dictionaries | Neurophysiology -- Dictionaries | PsicologÍa -- Diccionarios | Neurofisiología -- Diccionarios | Mente y cuerpo -- Diccionarios | Filosofía -- Diccionarios
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With over 900 entries, ranging from brief definitions to substantial essays on major topics, The Oxford Companion to the Mind takes the reader on a dazzling tour of this endlessly fascinating subject, spanning many disciplines within the broad compass of philosophy, psychology and the physiology of the brain. An important feature of the book is the large number of articles on "topics of mental life", in which well-known writers discuss subjects in which they have a particular expertise. Noam Chomsky writes on his own theory of language, Idries Shah on Sufism, John Bowlby on attachment theory, B.F. Skinner on behaviorism, Oliver Sacks on nothingness, A.J. Ayer on philosophical views of the relation between mind and body, and R.D. Laing on interpersonal experience. The editor, Richard Gregory, contributes entries on aesthetics, phrenology, physiognomy, and illusions of perception.
The Companion includes entries on such everyday events as sleep, humor, forgetting, and hearing, as well as specialized topics such as bilingualism, jet-lag, military incompetence, computer chess, and animal magnetism. What can, and all too often does, go wrong with the mind is also covered--many forms of mental illness are explored, as well as mental handicap, brain damage, and neurological disorders. Perception and the ways in which our senses are often deceived are treated in full, as are elements of personal development and learning, and the puzzling world of parapsychology with its altered states of consciousness, out-of-body experiences, and extra-sensory perception. The workings of the nervous system are explained in a special tutorial article.
The text is supplemented by brief definitions of specialist terms and by biographies of major figures who have contributed to our understanding of the mind--individuals as varied as Plato, Johannes Kepler, William James, Sigmund Freud, and Alan Turing. The entries are arranged alphabetically and, following the style of other recent Companions, are linked by a network of helpful cross-references. The 160 illustrations have been carefully chosen to amplify the text, while specialist bibliographies provide suggestions for further reading.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

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

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Gregory's second edition of this Oxford Companion follows the first edition by 30 years, incorporating three decades of advancements, reporting new studies of the mind and brain, adding studies on consciousness and unconsciousness, and adding 150 pages to its content on brain imagery. This edition adds an extensive glossary and biographical sketches for relevant individuals no longer living; it drops a lengthy tutorial about the nervous system. A better choice would be Raymond J. Corsini's Dictionary of Psychology (2002), which includes appendixes for DSM IV terms, medical prescription terms, symbols, systems of treatment, and measuring instruments. W. E. Craighead and C. B. Nemeroff's The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (3rd ed., 2001) would also be preferable. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and higher. S. G. Marvin West Chester University

Booklist Review

It has been almost 20 years since The Oxford Companion to the Mind0 was first published, and scholars and practitioners in psychology and cognitive science would no doubt agree that there has been tremendous progress in these fields in the intervening years. Neuropsychologist Gregory, who also edited the first edition, has assembled an ambitious reference with more than 1,000 entries on every aspect of brain and mind science. A distinguished lineup of contributors picks up the gauntlet and succeeds in capturing what it is we know about the human mind. Anxiety 0 and Artificial intelligence,0 Depression 0 and Dreaming,0 Face-to-face communication0 and Feedback and feedforward,0 Metaphor 0 and Metaphysics0 , and Time-gap memory0 and Truth--0 such pairings demonstrate the reach of this reference, which ranges across neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. In his preface, Gregory notes that\b \b0 "this book sets out to be a friendly companion to the mind." Is this indeed a "friendly companion"? Cross-references between entries are limited, and the bibliographies appended to entries provide readers with very little to go on in terms of further reading or research. Moreover, the subject at hand, the mind, is complex and, frankly, dense. But although the work may be lacking in friendliness, it succeeds in other ways. There is no question but that it is unparalleled in its ambition, scope, and the overall quality of its entries; as such it succeeds in offering professionals, students, and general adult readers a unique resource. In recent years, a number of reference sources in psychology have been published. Large public and academic libraries that have resources such as the Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence0 (Macmillan, 1994), the two-volume Encyclopedia of Human Emotions0 (Macmillan, 1999), or the in-depth, four-volume Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science0 (2003), not to mention Oxford's other recent ventures in this arena-- A Dictionary of Psychology 0 (2001) and the eight-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology0 (2000)--will still want to add this guide to their shelves. --Sarah Watstein Copyright 2005 Booklist

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About the editor
Richard Gregory is an experimental psychologist whose particular interests include human perception and, especially, visual illusions. He is currently Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of the Brain and Perception Laboratory at the University of Bristol. His many books include the best-selling Eye and Brain, Illusion and Nature in Art (co-edited with Sir Ernst Gombrich), and Mind in Science.

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