Brainwashing: The science of thought control

Paperback | August 15, 2006

byKathleen Taylor

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Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others. Since the word 'brainwashing' was coined in the aftermath of the Korean War, it has become part of the popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, and been exploited to create sensational headlines. Ithas also been the subject of learned discussion from many disciplines: including history, sociology, psychology, and psychotherapy. But until now, a crucial part of the debate has been missing: that of any serious reference to the science of the human brain. Descriptions of how opinions can bechanged, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have been almost entirely psychological.In iBrainwashing/i, Kathleen Taylor brings the worlds of neuroscience and social psychology together for the first time. In elegant and accessible prose, and with abundant use of anecdotes and case-studies, she examines the ethical problems involved in carrying out the required experiments onhumans, the limitations of animal models, and the frightening implications of such research. She also explores the history of thought-control and shows how it still exists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and education.

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Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others. Since the word 'brainwashing' was coined in the aftermath of the Korean War, it has become part of the popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, and been exploited to create sensational headlines. Ithas also been the subject of learned discus...

Kathleen Taylor is a research scientist in the Department of Physiology at the University of Oxford. She has been long-listed for the 2005 Aventis Science Book Prize, and short-listed for the MIND Book of the Year Award, and in 2003 she won first prize in both the THES/OUP Science Essay competition and the THES Humanities and Social...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.95 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199204786

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart 1: Torture and seduction1. The birth of a word2. God or the group?3. The power of persuasion4. Hoping to heal5. 'I suggest, you persuade, he brainwashes'6. Brainwashing and influencePart 2: The traitor in your skull7. Our ever-changing brains8. Webs and new worlds9. Swept away10. The power of stop-and-think11. That freedom thingPart 3: Freedom and control12. Victims and predators13. Mind factories14. Science and nightmare15. Taking a standNotesReferencesFurther readingGlossaryIndex

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`I can't remember when I last encountered such a thoroughly argued book which was also so accessible. A miracle of cogency.'Morning Star