The Making Of The Mind: The Neuroscience Of Human Nature by Ronald T. KelloggThe Making Of The Mind: The Neuroscience Of Human Nature by Ronald T. Kellogg

The Making Of The Mind: The Neuroscience Of Human Nature

byRonald T. Kellogg

Paperback | July 16, 2013

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Using the findings of recent neuroscience, a psychologist reveals what sets humans apart from all other species, offering a fascinating exploration of our marvelous and sometimes frightening cognitive abilities and potentials.

According to human genome research, there is a remarkable degree of overlap in the DNA of humans and chimpanzees. So what accounts for the rapid development of human culture throughout history and the extraordinary creative and destructive aspects of human behavior that make us so different from our primate cousins?

Kellogg explores in detail five distinctive parts of human cognition. These are the executive functions of working memory; a social intelligence with "mind-reading" abilities; a capacity for symbolic thought and language; an inner voice that interprets conscious experiences by making causal inferences; and a means for mental time travel to past events and imagined futures.

He argues that it is the interaction of these five components that results in our uniquely human mind. This is especially true for three quintessentially human endeavors-morality, spirituality, and literacy, which can be understood only in light of the whole ensemble's interactive effects. Kellogg recaps the story of the human mind and speculates on its future. How might the Internet, 24/7 television, and smart phones affect the way the mind functions?
Ronald T. Kellogg (St. Louis, MO) is professor of psychology at Saint Louis University. He is the author of Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology, 2nd Edition; Cognitive Psychology, 2nd Edition; and The Psychology of Writing; in addition to numerous journal articles and contributed book chapters.
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Title:The Making Of The Mind: The Neuroscience Of Human NatureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:293 pages, 8.95 × 6.02 × 0.81 inPublished:July 16, 2013Publisher:Prometheus BooksLanguage:English

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"An exciting hypothesis about the evolution of mind. . . . Kellogg provides a review of key findings from cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience while advancing his thesis. The writing is excellent, clear, and lively. Psychologists, philosophers, and others interested in cognitive science will want to read this book.”  —Henry L. Roediger, III, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis