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Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World

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Written by one of the world's leading neuroscientists, "Making Up the Mind" is the first accessible account of experimental studies showing how the brain creates our mental world. Uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments and studies of patients to explore the relationship between the mind and the brain Demonstrates that our knowledge of both the mental a ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 2007)
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Jan 15, 2009 Harry rated it really liked it
Shelves: cognitive-stuff
Frith explores fundamental questions in cognitive science, particularly the relationship between "mind" and "brain". This is a wonderful introduction to people interested in the study of the mind. Easy to read, well-written, covers a lot of topics, and doesn't get too bogged down in the details, but directs you to where you can read the details if so inclined. For those in the field of cognitive psychology, this book serves as a good review and is quite a pleasant read. The primary question of c ...more
Nov 12, 2010 ·Karen· rated it it was amazing
Accessible, readable, amusing, and illuminating. Chris Frith is a highly respected neuroscientist. He uses evidence from brain imaging, from psychology experiments and studies to show how our brains build models of the world, and free us up to concentrate on other things than merely moving about a room or picking up a cup of coffee. He shows how flawed our perception really is, how we manage nevertheless, and how we find certain things terribly difficult. One of these things is grasping large nu ...more
Snehal Bhagat
Jun 12, 2010 Snehal Bhagat rated it really liked it
A fascinating book about how our brain models the physical world.

Frith summarizes our current state of knowledge about how the brain works as discovered by studying the brains of those in which some models don't work; and of those where things work exactly as theory predicts they should. The book is directed at non-specialists, and the author does well in explaining the implications of the data of the MRI scans, or the key concepts from Information Theory and Bayesian statistics. The real limit
Nov 23, 2009 Merilee rated it it was amazing
This is a very witty, erudite, and readable book on how the brain makes up our "minds."

Frith, brother of the wonderful guitarist, Fred Frith, posits that often when we dream our brains act as IF they are damaged, or in the same ways as the brains of brain-damaged people behave when those people are awake.

So much of what we "see" or "hear" is determined by what we anticipate or predict: our brains fill in large gaps in the blind spots of our senses.
This is
Sashko Valyus
Apr 15, 2015 Sashko Valyus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Книга яка розказує про те, в які "ігри" грає наш мозок з нами. Автор відділяє мозок (як нашу апаратну частину) і свідомість (як програмну). Мозку дається це дуже не просто і він, як видно з книжки, викручується як може, що дати нам якомога чіткішу картинку зовнішнього світу.
Alexander Lisovsky
Nov 02, 2015 Alexander Lisovsky rated it liked it
как мозг воспринимает окружающий мир: модели, паттерны и проч. Почти ничего не помню из книги (10.2014)
Jan 06, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, cognition
Interesting book on how the brain takes sensory input and interprets it into a meaningful conception of the surrounding world. It's relatively easy to appreciate that when your brain receives sensory data of something you've never encountered before it's necessary to deduce what sort of thing it is - what similarities and differences there are compared to familiar things, and what that implies about this new thing. In reality, that's more-or-less how it works with the familiar objects as well, i ...more
Veronica Sicoe
Sep 14, 2011 Veronica Sicoe rated it it was amazing
What I love most about this book is the clarity and conciseness with which Chris Frith explains how the brain creates our [perception of] reality. He does so mostly in layman's terms yet without being too simplistic or shallow. Fascinating facts combined with a witty and fresh attitude make this book one of the most enjoyable neuropsychology books I've ever read.
Nov 08, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it

This is a no-muss, no-fuss portrayal of how our brains work by a pioneering British neuroscientist.

Frith keeps the book moving with succinct descriptions and lots of anecdotes about interesting scientific studies. One of my favorites: one study shows that when we use a digital clock attached to our fingers to estimate the gap between when we decide to tap our finger and then hear a subsequent tone, we think the time gap is shorter than it is because we "bind together" our intentions and our acti
Oct 13, 2012 E rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mind
Illusions, priming, rubber hands, self-tickling, neurotransmitters, ambiguity, Bayesian observers, hard-wired knowledge, mirror neurons ... Christopher Frith touches upon a vast multitude of facts, experiments and theories about how our brain interacts with the world, and he does it in a highly engaging fashion. A lot of the content i've read about before elsewhere, but somehow Frith manages to tie elements together smoothly and makes you see new connections.

I liked the style of including more
Aug 08, 2015 Kostas rated it it was amazing
Chris Frith is a neuropsychologist with direct research experience in the subject matter he writes about, and this shows. Instead of endlessly speculating about what consciousness is, an approach favoured by so many others in the field, he gives a very clear and convincing account of how our brain tricks and deceives us, and how this trickery helps us to survive in and interpret a complex world. He also highlights the social nature of our minds and the practical impossibility of discussing minds ...more
Eugene Tkachev
Feb 16, 2015 Eugene Tkachev rated it it was amazing
Easy to read and complex concepts are absorbed with little head confusion
Aug 03, 2012 Psipsipsi rated it really liked it
This is a clearly written book designed for the non-neuropsychologist that describes simple experiments which change the way that we think about who we are and how our brain works. He casts light on the topic of agency, or who is the I of me. The model he reveals is one in which we are embedded in our world, very much a social animal. I particularly appreciated the way that he clearly explained why dopamine is not released to an addictive substance when that substance is expected.
Rick Sanders
Aug 25, 2013 Rick Sanders rated it really liked it
This is a very readable presentation of some of the more interesting work in cognitive neuroscience, by a very accomplished researcher. Like most attempts to present science in an entertaining format, it's a little too cute at times. Like most attempts to reach a wide audience, some basic concepts are over-explained while some could be more fully explained. But this is one of the best of its ilk.
Павел Иванченко
Has long planned read this book. after two chapters are nearly disappointed in this book because for himself did not discover anything new. In the continuation the book are told really very interesting moments of brain work, and in a fairly entertaining way. I advise you to read it, especially those who are not familiar with this subject area!
Aug 21, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
An interesting and detailed examination of those parts of the brain that exist outside of consciousness and serve to create the mental world that each of our perceives. An useful antidote to the notion that we are in control of our perceptions and cognitions, with many intriguing examples drawn from both the clinical and the experimental worlds.
Mar 08, 2012 Vince rated it it was amazing
Frith shows how the brain hides the complex task of aggregating and interpreting sensory data, presenting our minds with a functional (more or less seamless) model of reality. Making up the Mind offers an engaging yet serious presentation of a lifetime's work in behavioral and neuropsychological experimentation.
Alexander Skakunov
Dec 19, 2012 Alexander Skakunov rated it really liked it
Понравилась и форма (автор всю книгу спорит с гипотетической оппоненткой), и содержание (я узнал, что в мозгу у нас зашито распознавание лиц и много прочих вещей). Интересное и познавательное чтиво, через несколько лет думаю перечитать.
Mar 15, 2014 !Tæmbuŝu marked it as to-read
Shelves: science, behaviour

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Anne Freedman
Nov 06, 2010 Anne Freedman rated it really liked it
I'm still a work in progress with this book but I'm loving it. Reading it to understand how our brain processes and stores and retrieves information. It's technical but written for lay people...very accessible.

Vladislav Kugelevich
Отличная книга про сознание, нейробиологию и разум, не очень сложная, местами весьма занятная и прикольная, всем читать в обязательном порядке.

I am enjoying this one very much, but I will have to come back to it. I'm trying to reduce my immediate "to-read" pile.
Nov 26, 2012 Cameron rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
An interesting argument providing extensive evidence that our minds create our reality, not the other way around.
Anton Daneyko
Jul 28, 2014 Anton Daneyko rated it liked it
Not bad, although I am not a big fan of naive way of presenting examples -- it feels like it's for kids.
Oct 03, 2012 Katerina rated it really liked it
A very nice introductionary book, if you are interested in current neuroscience and cognitive research.
Mar 04, 2013 Tyson rated it it was amazing
Excellent, thought provoking book that explores the subtle difference between brain and mind.
Sep 20, 2008 Nirmal rated it really liked it
Good book about how the brain conjures up reality and how human beings interact with nature
Jul 14, 2010 DJ marked it as to-read
Shelves: brain
Candidate for a decent pop sci book on neuroscience but might be a waste of my time.
Tariq Mahmood
Oct 31, 2013 Tariq Mahmood rated it liked it
Very detailed for the ordinary reader.
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