Slashdot | Mapping the Mind – book review

Review of “Mapping the Mind”, Rita Carter, Christopher Frith, University of California Press

The book gives a comprehensive description of our knowledge about the brain (as of 1998, when the book was written). It covers popular topics, such as the causes for optical illusions, the nature of the Mona Lisa’s smile, the differences between the left and the right brain, between males and females, the mechanisms of drug addictions. It also delves into less popular subjects, such as the need for rationalization, the mechanisms of speech and reading, the “programmability” of patients with a lobotomy, the causes of face-blindness and many others.

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