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- DescriptionThe 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 Rene 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 kw it and open up new avenues for both theoretical research and clinical practice.
- Author BiographyJean-Michel Oughourlian is the former chief of psychiatry at the American Hospital of Paris and taught for many years at the Sorbonne and the University of Franche-Comte.
- Author(s)Jean-Michel Oughourlian
- PublisherMichigan State University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2016
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Series TitleStudies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMichigan State University Press
- Weight612 g
- Width152 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byTrevor Cribben Merrill
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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