Book Reviews — Psychology

Book Review: Headhunters: The Search for a Science of the Mind by Ben Shephard

Book Review: Headhunters: The Search for a Science of the Mind by Ben Shephard. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

This book traces a slice of history that in turn introduces us to some of those drawn to study human psychology and mental health a few decades after Darwin’s theory of evolution took root. Four of these pioneers are the focus of this book: William Rivers, Grafton Elliot Smith, Charles Myers, and William McDougall.

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Book Review: Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists edited by Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman

Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists edited by Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

One of the Times Higher Education’s Best Books of 2015, Future of the Brain offers a compilation of original essays by leading brain researchers. Divided into seven sections, the range and disparities of the authors’ views underscore the dearth of an overarching theory researchers apply to studies in this area.

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Book Review: The Technical Delusion: Electronics, Power, Insanity by Jeffrey Sconce

The Technical Delusion: Electronics, Power, Insanity by Jeffrey Sconce is reviewed by Amy Ione.

This  robust and multidimensional study is a reminder of the complexity of human consciousness. Moving from Enlightenment studies of electricity and human anatomy to our 21st century digitally-connected globe, Sconce asserts that delusions of electronic persecution have been a preeminent symptom of psychosis for over 200 years.

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Book Review: The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World is a collaborative study exploring the elusive nature of creativity. Early in the book Anthony Brandt, a composer, and David Eagleman, a neurologist. explain that the volume grew out of a dialogue between them that has been ongoing for many years.

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Book Review: ChildArt Magazine: Arts and Mind - The Brain Science of Human Experience

Review of ChildArt Magazine: Arts and Mind - The Brain Science of Human Experience, Guest Editor, Susan Magsamen; Editor, Ashfaq Ishaq. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

ChildArt’s “Your Brain on Art” likewise captures the importance of engagement in education and human development, introducing projects that highlight children in schools as well as cross-cultural and community outreach. Divided into three sections, the issue also reminds us that children learn and experience life in more than one way.

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