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The Vicarious Brain, Creator of Worlds

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$24.95 • £19.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674088955

Publication Date: 01/09/2017

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224 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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In The Vicarious Brain, Creator of Worlds, Alain Berthoz defines vicariance as the substitution of one process for another, when attempting to achieve a specific goal. The forms of vicariance, which are so well described by Berthoz, are a product of our brain’s capacity for learning and creative divergent thinking. This book allows us to better understand how the human brain provides us with the remarkable ability to improve our quality of life.—Kenneth M. Heilman, University of Florida College of Medicine

Seeing things from multiple points of view is a skill that not all possess. Critical periods occur during the development of the brain for biocular vision, maternal bonding, and many other brain functions. Is it possible, as Berthoz supposes, that there is a critical period for being able to simultaneously hold different perspectives? If so, the implications are profound.—Terrence Sejnowski, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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