It's a Jungle in There : How Competition and Cooperation in the Brain Shape the Mind, Hardback Book

It's a Jungle in There : How Competition and Cooperation in the Brain Shape the Mind Hardback


It's a Jungle in There pursues the hypothesis that the overarching theory of biology, Darwin's theory, should be the overarching theory of cognitive psychology.

Taking this approach, David Rosenbaum, a cognitive psychologist and former editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, proposes that the phenomena of cognitive psychology can be understood as emergent interactions among dumb neural elements all competing and cooperatingin a kind of inner jungle.

Rosenbaum suggests that this perspective allows for the presentation of cognitive psychology in a new way, both for students (for whom the book is mainly intended) and for seasoned investigators (who may be looking for a fresh way to approach and understand theirmaterial).

Rather than offering cognitive psychology as a rag-tag collection of miscellaneous facts, as has generally been the case in cognitive-psychology textbooks, this volume presents cognitive psychology under a single rubric: "It's a jungle in there." Written in a light-hearted way with continual reference to hypothetical neural creatures eking out their livings in a tough environment, this text is meant to provide an over-arching principle that can motivate more in-depth study of themind and brain.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Psychology
  • ISBN: 9780199829774



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