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Mardyks, L.L. (1994). Wet Mind. The New Cognitive Neuroscience: By Stephen M. Kosslyn and Olivier Koenig. New York/Toronto: The Free Press, 1992. 548 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 63:154-158.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 63:154-158

Wet Mind. The New Cognitive Neuroscience: By Stephen M. Kosslyn and Olivier Koenig. New York/Toronto: The Free Press, 1992. 548 pp.

Review by:
Laura Levin Mardyks

How is it possible to paraphrase a text without remembering many of its words? How can someone who cannot comprehend spoken words in isolation use them effectively in speaking and interpret them easily in reading? How is it possible to conjure up images of past events or of those portending? These and other elusive questions for clinicians and educators are accorded plausible answers in this work. Stephen Kosslyn, Professor of Psychology at Harvard, and Olivier Koenig, Maître Assistant in the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Geneva, in fertile collaboration have broken new ground in the nascence of cognitive neuroscience, a field that remains more a philosophical interpretation than a hard science. In this "Decade of the Brain," a topic that has encouraged scientists and technicians to every extravagance is discussed here with clarity and precision.

With commendable compression, Wet Mind offers a comprehensive integration of how the complex neural substrates of the brain give rise to the mind. Kosslyn and Koenig have avoided the temptation to accomplish this in a thick volume that is so burdened by statistics, jargon, and footnotes as to risk terminal boredom.

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