Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell

Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell We live in other people s heads avidly, reluctantly, consciously, unaware, mistakenly, and inescapably Our social life is a constant negotiation among what we think we know about each other s thoughts and feelings, what we want each other to think we know, and what we would dearly love to know but don tCognitive scientists have a special term for the evolved cognitive adaptation that makes us attribute mental states to other people through observation of their body language they call it theory of mind Getting Inside Your Head uses research in theory of mind to look at movies, musicals, novels, classic Chinese opera, stand up comedy, mock documentaries, photography, and reality television It follows Pride and Prejudice s Mr Darcy as he tries to conceal his anger, Tyler Durden as he lectures a stranger at gunpoint in Fight Club, and Ingrid Bergman as she fakes interest in horse races in NotoriousThis engaging book exemplifies the new interdisciplinary field of cognitive cultural studies, demonstrating that collaboration between cognitive science and cultural studies is both exciting and productive


10 thoughts on “Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us about Popular Culture

  1. Alžbětina Alžbětina says:

    Velmi zaj mav kniha o fenom nu, kter spojuje v ce m di , ne si nesp uv domujeme ten my lenek A te nemysl m pou ovou telepatii, ale snaha o vy ten my lenek lov ka z e i t la.Zunshine obratn vysv tluje na lehce srozumiteln ch p kladech, pro je pro n s e t la tak neodolaten z hada a sna me se ji interpretovat Nakolik jsme ale sp n i ne sp n , je ale v c jin A kol


  2. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    This is a fun book but the title is a little misleading when it says it talks about cognitive science and popular culture the book focuses on high culture just as often as pop culture Maybe it didn t want to scare readers away by seeming to focus on classical lit which is also featured The book focuses on our cognitive social abilities which are remarkable We are in


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