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The Oxford companion to the mind
2nd ed.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
xx, 1004 p. : ill., music ; 24 cm.


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Reference book 128.203 OXF 2004 1 .SOURCE. 1-05 RB
Book BF31.O94 2004 1
Reference book BF31.O94 2004 1

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind,edited by Richard L. Gregory, is a classic. Published in 1987, to huge acclaim, it immediately took its place as the indispensable guide to the mysteries - and idiosyncracies - of the human mind. In no other book can the reader find indiscussions of conceptssuch as language, memory, and intelligence, side by side with witty definitions of common human experiences such as the 'cocktail-party' and 'halo' effects, and the least effort principle. Richard Gregory again brings his wit, wisdom, and expertise to bear on this most elusive of subjects. Research into the mind and brain has moved on in bounds in recent years, and interest in the subject has never been so high. There has been a shift in focus away from Freud's concept of theunconscious onto consciousness itself. The new edition of the Companion includes three 'mini symposia' - on consciousness, brain scanning, and artificial intelligence - with contributions from a number of specialists, and encompassing a range of approaches.

Reviews 3

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

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

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.

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