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How You Feel

The Story of the Mind as Told by the Body

James Tresilian



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Robinson Publishing
01 November 2020
Philosophy of mind; Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology; Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Neurosciences; Popular psychology
Close your eyes and ask yourself, 'what do I feel?' You might feel thirsty or tired. You might feel healthy and well or perhaps a little under the weather. Maybe you can feel that you are standing or that you are leaning over. You may also feel the world around you - the shape and texture of an apple in your hand, the feel of a chair you're sitting on.

All these feelings have something in common, say psychologists and neuroscientists. They are all mental events, things that happen in the mind. But what if this is all wrong?

What if it's not just the mind, but also the body itself that feels? And not merely physical sensations, but other feelings that seem to have nothing to do with bodies. Things like 'emotions' and 'intuitions' - joy or rage, anxiety or optimism, or the feeling of being hard done by or misunderstood?

Drawing on the latest research and a range of classic and contemporary thought, How You Feel shows you that your brain and your body are two parts of a single system that creates your mind and mental life. You will discover that you don't have feelings, thoughts and emotions inside your body, you have them with your body. There can be no mind without the body.

Psychology is no longer about the brain, or about 'mind and body', it is about the whole that is you.
By:   James Tresilian
Imprint:   Robinson Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9781472143167
ISBN 10:   1472143167
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James Tresilian is a behavioural neuroscientist and one of the world's leading experts in the study of human sensory perception and the control of bodily movement. He is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick, UK and Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. Author of nearly 100 refereed scientific articles, most in leading scholarly journals, he has held research and teaching appointments in Universities in the UK, USA and Australia and has sat on the Editorial Board of one of world's leading scholarly journals devoted to the understanding of human sensory perception and movement behaviour-the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance-for nearly 20 years. He is a Fellow of the British Psychology Society and has unique and wide-ranging expertise in psychology, neuroscience, ergonomics, biomechanics and the sports and human movement sciences. He has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students for over two decades, and is the author of a landmark textbook on the neuroscience and psychology of how body movements are controlled and the role of sensory processes in this process. This book-Sensorimotor Control & Learning: An Introduction to the Behavioral Neuroscience of Action-was published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan and has been adopted in universities around the world.

Reviews for How You Feel: The Story of the Mind as Told by the Body

Once you have read How You Feel, I promise you cannot help but become mindfully aware of the inner intricate machinery that is our body and the spooky relationship it has with our mind. From the everyday sensations of aches and pains we all know to rare exotic syndromes that distort reality, this book is a fascinating and superb read - Professor Bruce Hood, bestselling author of 'The Self Illusion'

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