NEW FROM MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS: THE MIMETIC BRAIN, BY JEAN-MICHEL OUGHOURLIAN

Offering up 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 views of imitation—is a misunderstood driving force behind mental illness. His analyses open up new avenues for both theoretical research and clinical practice.

“Seldom is a scientific book written with such grace and power that it opens up new psychological worlds in the manner of a novel. This is such a book. [...] Readers will be seduced by Oughourlian’s brilliance, shocked by his analysis of human desires, and introduced to a scientific revolution that is destined to change how we think about the human brain.” 

—Andrew N. Meltzoff, Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

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