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Praise for
Making up the Mind
“Chris Frith is well known for his extremely clear thinking on very com-
plex psychological matters, such as agency, social intelligence, and the
minds of people with autism and schizophrenia. And it is precisely such
questions, along with the understanding of how we perceive, act, choose,
remember, and feel, which are now being revolutionized by brain imaging.
Making up the Mind
, he brings all this together in a most accessible
and engaging way.”
Oliver Sacks
, MD

Making up the Mind
is a fascinating guided tour through the elusive
interface between mind and brain written by a pioneer in the field. The
author’s obvious passion for the subject shines through every page.”
V.S. Ramachandran
, MD
“I soon made up my mind that this is an excellent, most readable and
stimulating book. The author is a distinguished neuroscientist working
especially on brain imaging.”
R.L. Gregory
, University of Bristol
“Chris Frith, one of the pioneers in applying brain imaging to study
mental processes, has written a brilliant introduction to the biology of
mental processes for the general reader. This superb book describes how
we recreate in our brains a representation of the external world. Clearly
and beautifully written, this book is for all who want to learn about
how the brain gives rise to the mental phenomenon of our lives. A must
Eric R. Kandel
, Nobel Laureate
“Important and surprising. The brain will never seem the same again.”
Lewis Wolpert
, University College London
For Uta
Making up the Mind
How the Brain Creates our Mental World
Chris Frith
© 2007 by Chris D. Frith
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First published 2007 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
1 2007
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Frith, Christopher D.
Making up the mind : how the brain creates our mental world / Chris Frith.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978–1–4051–3694–5 (hardcover : alk. paper)—
ISBN 978–1–4051–6022–3 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Brain—Popular works.
2. Human behavior—Physiological aspects. 3. Neuropsychiatry—Popular
works. 4. Neuropsychology—Popular works. I. Title.
QP376.F686 2007
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