Making of the Mind The Neuroscience of Human Nature

ISBN-10: 1616147334
ISBN-13: 9781616147334
Edition: 2013
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 7/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Using the findings of recent neuroscience, a psychologist reveals what sets humans apart from all other species, offering a fascinating exploration of our marvelous and sometimes frightening cognitive abilities and potentials. According to human genome research, there is a remarkable degree of overlap in the DNA of humans and chimpanzees. So what accounts for the rapid development of human culture throughout history and the extraordinary creative and destructive aspects of human behavior that make us so different from our primate cousins? Kellogg explores in detail five distinctive parts of human cognition. These are the executive functions of working memory; a social intelligence with "mind-reading" abilities; a capacity for symbolic thought and language; an inner voice that interprets conscious experiences by making causal inferences; and a means for mental time travel to past events and imagined futures. He argues that it is the interaction of these five components that results in our uniquely human mind. This is especially true for three quintessentially human endeavors-morality, spirituality, and literacy, which can be understood only in light of the whole ensemble's interactive effects. Kellogg recaps the story of the human mind and speculates on its future. How might the Internet, 24/7 television, and smart phones affect the way the mind functions?

Ronald T. Kellogg is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Saint Louis University. His education includes degrees from the University of Iowa (BS, psychology) and the University of Colorado (MA and PhD, experimental psychology) and postdoctoral study at Stanford University. His past research has examined attention, long-term memory, concept learning, and cognitive processes in writing. His current work focuses on working memory in written composition and hemispheric differences in the semantic processing of language production. He has authored numerous technical journal articles and book chapters plus several books, including The Psychology of Writing (1994), Cognitive Psychology, 2 nd Ed. (2003), and The Making of the Mind: The Neuroscience of Human Nature (2013).

Origins
Executive Working Memory
Social Intelligence
Language
The Interpreter of Consciousness
Mental Time Travel
Emotions
The Social Mind
Morality
Spirituality
Twenty-First-Century Mind
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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