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Brainwashing

The science of thought control

Kathleen Taylor

December 2016

ISBN: 9780198798330

528 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Price: £10.99

Bringing together cutting-edge research from psychology and neuroscience, Kathleen Taylor puts the brain back into brainwashing and shows why understanding this mysterious phenomenon is vitally relevant in the twenty-first century.

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Bringing together cutting-edge research from psychology and neuroscience, Kathleen Taylor puts the brain back into brainwashing and shows why understanding this mysterious phenomenon is vitally relevant in the twenty-first century.

  • Discusses the history, sociology, and psychology of brainwashing, and links it with a fascinating and accessible account of the brain and neuroscience.
  • Alongside the science and psychology, Taylor examines the history, politics, and ethics of brainwashing. Touching on religion, education, and advertising, this book shows how it goes on all around us.
  • Highly topical and relevant, describing the use of brainwashing techniques by terrorist groups and cults, as well as famous fictional examples such as Orwell's 1984
  • Short-listed for the MIND Book of the Year Award 2005.
  • Includes a new Preface from the author, reflecting on the continuing use of brainwashing techniques today by fundamentalist terrorist groups such as "Islamic State", and growing insights from the development of neuroscience techniques
  • Part of the Oxford Landmark Science range: 'must-read' modern science and big ideas, which have shaped the way we think.

About the Author(s)

Kathleen Taylor, Department of Physiology, University of Oxford

Dr Kathleen Taylor studied physiology and philosophy at the University of Oxford. After a research MSc at Stirling University, working on brain chemistry, she returned to Oxford to do a DPhil in visual neuroscience and postdoctoral work on cognitive neuroscience. In 2002 she won two writing competitions run by the Times Higher Education Supplement, one for science writing and one for an essay in the humanities/social sciences. She has written on a range of topics from consciousness to cruelty, including several books published by OUP: Brainwashing (2004), Cruelty (2009), The Brain Supremacy (2012), and The Fragile Brain (2016).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part 1: Torture and seduction
    1:The birth of a word
    2:God or the group?
    3:The power of persuasion
    4:Hoping to heal
    5:'I suggest, you persuade, he brainwashes'
    6:Brainwashing and influence
    Part 2: The traitor in your skull
    7:Our ever-changing brains
    8:Webs and new worlds
    9:Swept away
    10:The power of stop-and-think
    11:That freedom thing
    Part 3: Freedom and control
    12:Victims and predators
    13:Mind factories
    14:Science and nightmare
    15:Taking a stand
    Notes
    References
    Further reading
    Glossary
    Index

Reviews

Review from previous edition A magisterially detailed survey... Taylor is never less than direct and engaging. The subject may be difficult but the writing never is. With no hint at all of academic pretension, this is a model of how to make hard science accessible without rendering it impossibly watered down or patronising. This is an outstanding book. Academic researchers and human rights professionals will find it a goldmine of relevant research and information. And anyone else interested in psychology will find it a thrill. - Focus Magazine 12/2004

The book is to be commended. Taylor writes engagingly. - THES

I can't remember when I last encountered such a thoroughly argued book which was also so accessible. A miracle of cogency. - Morning Star

An ambitious and well-written study - The Guardian

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