A Mind of Its Own (Paperback)
How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
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THE DAZZLING FIRST BOOK FROM THE WINNER OF THE 2017 ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOKS PRIZE
‘A fascinating, funny, disconcerting and lucid book.’ Helen Dunmore
‘Fine sets out to demonstrate that the human brain is vainglorious and stubborn. She succeeds brilliantly.’ Mail on Sunday
‘Fine is a cognitive neuroscientist with a sharp sense of humour and an intelligent sense of reality’ The Times
Perhaps your brain seems to stumble when faced with the 13 times table, or persistently fails to master parallel parking. But you’re in control of it, right?
Sorry. Think again.
Dotted with popular explanations of social psychology research and fascinating real-life examples, A Mind of Its Own tours the less salubrious side of human psychology. Psychologist Cordelia Fine shows that the human brain is in fact stubborn, emotional and deceitful, and teaches you everything you always wanted to know about the brain – and plenty you probably didn’t.
Cordelia Fine is a Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of much-acclaimed Delusions of Gender (Icon, 2010) and Testosterone Rex (Icon, 2017).
‘Consistently well-written and meticulously researched’
‘In breezy demotic, Fine offers an entertaining tour of current thinking’
‘Fine sets out to demonstrate that the human brain is vainglorious and stubborn. She succeeds brilliantly.’
‘This is one of the most interesting and amusing accounts of how we think we think – I think.’
‘A fascinating, funny, disconcerting and lucid book … by the end you’ll realise that your brain can (and does) run rings around you.’
‘Fine, a cognitive neuroscientist with a sharp sense of humour and an intelligent sense of reality, slaps an Asbo on the hundred billion grey cells that – literally – have shifty, ruthless, self-serving minds of their own.’
‘Clear, accessible writing makes her a science writer to watch’
‘Fine wears her learning lightly, blending facts with humorous observations. The result is a fascinating insight into how our minds work.’
‘A witty survey of psychology experiments demonstrating the depths of our suggestibility, the irrationality of our reasoning and the limits of free will.’
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