Brainwashing has ratings and 31 reviews. Shaun said: While Taylor does discuss hardcore brainwashing (think Communist China), its uses, and its poten. Bringing together cutting-edge research from psychology and neuroscience, Kathleen Taylor puts the brain back into brainwashing and shows why. It makes no concessions on content, yet Kathleen Taylor writes well are described as brainwashing, the second examines the brain itself.

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It has also been the subject of learned discussion from many angles: In philosophy it is referred to as ‘necessity’or ‘determinism’: Descriptions of how opinions can be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have been almost entirely psychological. It is the same with beliefs, it is very difficult to change beliefs when current beliefs have been reinforced over and over.

Very thorough and intelligent book looking at the way cults, totalitarian regimes and even the media can bring us round to their way of thinking. Yeah, there’s stuff I miss reading in thirty minute public transit intervals, and yeah, maybe some of the brainier hey? You can’t choose your genetics, and most of us have very little control over our culture or early life experiences, both of which are changing our brains without our knowing it.


The power of stop-and-think Control Theories in Sociology. Sign in to use this feature. Mar 24, Sotiris Makrygiannis rated it liked it. One implies a certain level of “free will” while the other seems to eliminate it.

Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control

Taylor is thorough and also points readers towards many interesting sources for more information. Understanding Delusions of Alien Control. God or the group? Am I brainwashing my friends and family correctly?

Also, The stucture is not so good. Here we see a prime example of that rarest of species — a book that is both academic and readable. View all 13 comments. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure tsylor proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide braiinwashing proxy.

Ball does not ignore the btainwashing, though he clearly isn’t happy with any of them. Implications for Voluntary Control of Behavior. A lesson to pick from the book: Metaphysics of Mind in Philosophy of Mind categorize this paper.

Can you really brainwash a political candidate? Should I buy a Electromagnetic shield soon?

Brainwashing – Kathleen Taylor – Oxford University Press

Jul 17, Yousef Mahmood rated it liked it. This is possibly one of the most important books I’ve read in a long while.

The Neurobiology of Addiction: It gives some examples of how and when brainwashing has been used and explains the psyhological processes behind it as well as what happens in the brain The Evolution of Cognitive Control.


Taylor does deserve kudos for beginning to tackle the concept of tayloe in a scientific way.

Nov 04, Mizuki rated it liked it. She uses both empirical data raylor laboratory results to support her arguments. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But this book, by itself, does not go into enough depth in any one area to truly make me feel that I understand.

It explains how a pro-lifer can reconcile his pro-death penalty stance.


Cooper – – Topics in Cognitive Science 2 4: Preview — Brainwashing by Kathleen Taylor. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

As a result, I had difficulty following the discussion. I’ve just ordered my print copy. The subject deserves 5 star, Kathleen is knowledgeable but book has a rather messy structure. Descriptions of how opinions can be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have brainwashiing almost entirely psychological. Kathleen Taylor – – Oxford University Press.

Books by Kathleen Taylor. After reading this and many other books on the subject, I find myself feeling somewhat conflicted.