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Request Inspection Copy. 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 and been exploited to create sensational headlines. It has 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 be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have been almost entirely psychological.
In Brainwashing , Kathleen Taylor brought 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 on humans, the limitations of animal models, and the frightening implications of such research.
She also explores the history of thought-control and shows how it persists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and education. This edition includes a new preface from the author reflecting on the uses of brainwashing today, including by the Islamic State. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.
Preface Part 1: Torture and seduction 1: The birth of a word 2: God or the group? Dr Kathleen Taylor studied physiology and philosophy at the University of Oxford.
After a research MSc at Stirling University, working on brain chemistry, she returned to Oxford to do a DPhil in visual neuroscience and postdoctoral work on cognitive neuroscience. Review from previous edition A magisterially detailed survey Taylor is never less than direct and engaging. The subject may be difficult but the writing never is. With no hint at all of academic pretension, this is a model of how to make hard science accessible without rendering it impossibly watered down or patronising.
This is an outstanding book. Academic researchers and human rights professionals will find it a goldmine of relevant research and information. And anyone else interested in psychology will find it a thrill. I can't remember when I last encountered such a thoroughly argued book which was also so accessible. A miracle of cogency. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
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Election Brainwashing The science of thought control Kathleen Taylor Oxford Landmark Science Discusses the history, sociology, and psychology of brainwashing, and links it with a fascinating and accessible account of the brain and neuroscience.
Alongside the science and psychology, Taylor examines the history, politics, and ethics of brainwashing. Touching on religion, education, and advertising, this book shows how it goes on all around us. Highly topical and relevant, describing the use of brainwashing techniques by terrorist groups and cults, as well as famous fictional examples such as Orwell's Short-listed for the MIND Book of the Year Award Includes a new Preface from the author, reflecting on the continuing use of brainwashing techniques today by fundamentalist terrorist groups such as "Islamic State ", and growing insights from the development of neuroscience techniques Part of the Oxford Landmark Science range: 'must-read' modern science and big ideas, which have shaped the way we think.
Taylor writes engagingly. Also of Interest. The Brain Supremacy Kathleen Taylor. Why Evolution is True Jerry A.
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Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control
As a global organisation, we, like many others, recognize the significant threat posed by the coronavirus. During this time, we have made some of our learning resources freely accessible. Our distribution centres are open and orders can be placed online. Do be advised that shipments may be delayed due to extra safety precautions implemented at our centres and delays with local shipping carriers. Request Inspection Copy. Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others.
I got this book hoping that it would provide me with scientific evidence that would help me develop a more informed opinion on the controversial issue of brainwashing. Unfortunately, Taylor points out Brainwashing : The Science of Thought Control. The term 'brainwashing' was first recorded in , but it is an expression of a much older concept: the forcible and full-scale alteration of a person's beliefs.