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Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain: Separating fact from fiction

Sergio Della Sala


Does listening to Mozart make us more intelligent? Is there such a thing as a gay gene? Does the size of the brain matter? Does the moon influence our behaviour? Can we communicate with the dead? Can graphology tell us anything about a person's character? Is the human brain clonable? Can mind conquer matter and diseases? Are out-of-body experiences possible? To some people, the answer to all these questions is a resounding ‘no’, but to many people these questions represent serious beliefs about the mind and brain — beliefs that drive their everyday behaviour. Whole industries have developed fo ... More

Keywords: mind, graphology, intelligence, positive thinking, brain

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergio Della Sala, editor
Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK

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