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Brainwashing : the science of thought control

By: Taylor, Kathleen (Department of Physiology, University of Oxford)

Part of the Oxford Landmark Science series
0198798334 / 9780198798330
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20 cm 544 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Reprint. Originally published: 2004.

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 anyserious 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 marketingand 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.


JM Psychology, MJN Neurology & clinical neurophysiology, PDZ Popular science, VSP Popular psychology

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