The Face in the Mirror

How We Know Who We Are

by Julian Keenan, Gordon G. Gallup, Dean Falk

On Sale: 07/06/2004

The Face in the Mirror

How We Know Who We Are

by Julian Keenan, Gordon G. Gallup, Dean Falk

On Sale: 07/06/2004

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About the Book

We've all witnessed this moment: a dog, a cat, or another animal reacting to its own reflection in the mirror, treating it as another animal to be played with or confronted. As human beings, we take self-recognition for granted, but this seemingly simple ability represents one of the most complex mysteries of neuroscience. The Face in the Mirror takes readers on a lively tour of the neurological, anthropological, and psychological roots of self-recognition -- from the intricate network in the brain that enables higher primates to recognize their image to complex, self-related emotions such as humor, embarrassment, and jealousy that play a crucial role in our evolution and survival. From animals who share our ability for self-recognition to case studies of patients who no longer recognize who they are, the authors examine some of the latest evidence on a subject that has puzzled philosophers and scientists for millennia -- how do we know who we are?

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Critical Praise

“[Keenan] purges [scientific literature] of jargon, and explains in plain language the experiments investigators have performed.” - Booklist

This engaging book…will delight readers curious about the mind and the scientists who study it.” - Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating … Keenan’s writing is breezy and conversational, and the book is exciting and fun to read.” - San Diego Union-Tribune

“[A] remarkably clear book.” - Salt Lake City Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060012809
  • ISBN 10: 0060012803
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 07/06/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : SCIENCE / General
  • BISAC2 : PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
  • BISAC3 : PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition

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