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Mimetic Brain (Reprint) (Paperback) (Jean-Michel Oughourlian)

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The discovery of mirror neurons in the 1990s led to an explosion of research and debate about the imitative capacities of the human brain. Some herald a paradigm shift on the order of DNA in biology, while others remain skeptical. In this revolutionary volume Jean- Michel Oughourlian shows how the hypotheses of René Girard can be combined with the insights of neuroscientists to shed new light on the “mimetic brain.”Offering up clinical studies and a complete reevaluation of classical psychiatry, Oughourlian explores the interaction among reason, emotions, and imitation and reveals that rivalry—the blind spot in contemporary neuroscientific understandings of imitation—is a misunderstood driving force behind mental illness. Oughourlian’s analyses shake the very foundations of psychiatry as we know it and open up new avenues for both theoretical research and clinical practice.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 218
Genre: Science, Psychology, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Neuropsychology, Anthropology / Physical
Series Title: Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Michigan State Univ Pr
Author: Jean-Michel Oughourlian
Language: English
Street Date: January 1, 2016
TCIN: 50687520
UPC: 9781611861891
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-2245
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