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The Mimetic Brain

Jean-Michel Oughourlian (author) Trevor Cribben Merrill (Translated by)

ISBN: 9781611861891

Publication Date: Jan 2016

Format: Paperback

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.
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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.

Pages 242
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jan 2016
Publisher Michigan State University Press
Series Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture
Subject/s Science: general issues   Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology   Physical anthropology & ethnography   Neurosciences  
Jean-Michel Oughourlian is Professor of Clinical Psychopathology at the University of Paris.

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