Subliminal: The New Unconscious and What It Teaches Us by Leonard Mlodinow – review. A fascinating insight into our “inner unknown self”. Learn more about the book, Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Yet that is exactly what author Leonard Mlodinow shows us — and it’s fascinating . In Subliminal, Mlodinow uses his signature concise, accessible explanations of the most obscure scientific subjects to unravel the complexities of the.

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The research on unconscious intentionality has yet to coalesce around one central figure as behaviorism found its Skinner but a number of authors have taken to writing about it. If you don’t want to pick up any of those authors, Mlodinow’s review makes a good substitute. All of the head-scratching studies are here.

Teachers told that randomly chosen children hold special genius zubliminal them far advanced compared to their equally talented control groups. This finding is intriguing enough but add to it a study concluding that students told their randomly chosen rat was bred to solve mazes more quickly actually find faster times from these compared to their genetically identical control group and you really have an intriguing result. Studies showing how much memory is a constructive process are fascinating particularly in a historical context such as a comparison of John Dean ‘s testimony about what he said to Leonarx Richard Nixon during the Watergate coverup and the secret tapes later found of those conversations.

Despite Dean having no reason to lie, the tapes and subiminal testimony differ wildly. Mlodinow’s straight-forward solid writing style never veers into story-telling but it is generally tight if a little plodding. To his credit, Dr. Mlodinow doesn’t sound like a physics lepnard for the most part and the book is fairly readable if a little dull at times. In short, a good book for those who like psychological studies or just dislike feeling in control although other authors cover the same ground with better results.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Subliminal by Leonard Mlodinow. Your preference in politicians, the amount you tip your waiter—all judgments and perceptions reflect the workings of our mind on two levels: The latter has long been the subject of speculation, but over the past two decades researchers have developed remarkable new tools for probing the hidden, or subliminal, workings of the mind.

The result of this explosion of research is a new science of the unconscious and a sea change in our understanding of how the subliminal mind affects the way we live. Employing his trademark wit and lucid, accessible explanations of the most obscure scientific subjects, Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a tour of this research, unraveling the complexities of the subliminal self and increasing our understanding of how the human mind works and how we interact with friends, strangers, spouses, and coworkers.

In the process he changes our view of ourselves and the world around us.


Hardcoverpages. Published April 24th by Pantheon first published Wilson Prize for Literary Science Mlodinpw To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Subliminalplease sign up.

Has anyone been blown away with this one? I can’t put it down Akazuk This is a great book! It’s full of interesting information. See 1 question about Subliminal…. Lists with This Book. Oct 15, Amir Tesla rated it it was amazing Shelves: We believe that when we choose a laptop or a laundry detergent, plan a vacation, take a job, make a friend, judge a stranger and even fall in love, we understand the principal factors that influenced us.

Very often nothing could be further from the truth. As a result, many of our most leonarr assumptions about ourselves and society are false.

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This is how memory works: Remember the gist, fill in the details, believe the result. The Importance of Being Social Feb 09, Caroline rated it really liked it Recommended to Caroline by: Whilst this book covered some ground I had already covered elsewhere, it nevertheless painted a good picture of our unconscious minds and motivations, which I found useful. The unconscious is a slippery critter, sliding out of our grasp nearly every time we reach for it. Various researchers have designed myriad tests to try and monitor it – but it isn’t easy.

It’s a bit depressing to think about it really. We aren’t totally irrational, but my goodness we’re a bit woolly around the edges, that is Whilst this book covered some ground I had already covered elsewhere, it nevertheless painted a good picture of our unconscious minds and motivations, which I found useful.

Subliminal – The New Unconscious And What It Teaches Us, by Leonard Mlodinow

We aren’t totally irrational, but my goodness we’re a bit woolly around the edges, that is for sure. Herewith mlocinow few issues raised by the book We see what we want to see.

We hear what mldinow want to hear. We make up sulbiminal minds and then think of arguments to justify our decisions. I’ve experienced this, a ‘gut feeling’ that something is right or wrong I wish this idea had been better explained.

It is likely that some of the things we do and say may seem to be clearly thought through, but sometimes we get hints that we are largely acting below the threshold of consciousness. For instance I often apologise when someone bumps into me Whose fault it is may be irrelevant to this script.

We really have to guard against in-group, out-group prejudice. My one problem with the book is that I would have liked a description of the possible origins of the unconscious.

Part of it must be physiology the book mentions that we are buffeted around by the more primitive areas of our brains, and various hormones and so forth. Plus there are idiosyncrasies in the way we see, hear, think and remember. Part of it must be upbringing my urge to apologise at the drop of a pin must largely be due to years of parental insistence on please, thank you and I’m sorry.

And what about the rest? The unconscious is obviously a powerful factor in our lives. I’d like to know more about how it comes into being. I end with a huge cacophony of notes.


Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

I really don’t recommend that anyone else bothers to read them. You take a job because you think it presents a challenge, but really you are more interested in the greater prestige that it offers. You think you like a fellow because of his humour. You really like him because of his smile, which reminds you of your mother’s.

You think you trust your consultant because she’s a great expert. You really trust her because she’s a good listener.

These factors can increase pleasure in the pleasure centres of the brain In fact we even have a brand-appreciation part of the brain – the ventromedial pre-frontal cortex VMPC.

It gives us warm fuzzy feelings when we contemplate a familiar brand-name product. If fonts are difficult to read people think instructions are more difficult. We are manipulated into buying things purely on the basis of the attractiveness of different packaging. Research shows we buy washing powder in colourful boxes rather than plainer boxes, even when the washing powder is identical.

Beer described in different ways, or labelled as different brands, or with a different price, can taste very different. Pepsi frequently beats Coke on blind tests for taste, but when people can see what they’re drinking they prefer Coke. Hugo Munsterberg, a psychologist who died indid a lot of research into memory, and he summed up his ideas as follows. So, when our expectations, beliefs and prior knowledge are at odds with actual events, our brains can be fooled. Our memories are perfect for dealing with the vast amounts of information we receive.

The challenge the mind faces is just to remember the things that are important to you. In a way we are remembering the memory, not the original event. We have much to learn from unconscious animal behaviour.

Ewes are unfriendly to most lambs in a flock. But during the birthing process, the stretching of the birth canal causes a simple protein called oxytocin to be released in the ewe’s brain. This open a window of a couple of hour’s duration in which the ewe is open to bonding. She will bond with any lamb – although because her own lamb is closest it is likely to be him or her.

Then once the oxytocin window has closed, she will stop bonding with new lambs. After than, if she has bonded with a lamb she will continue to suckle it and bleat soothingly at it. But she will still be her usual nasty self to other lambs. In the brains of all mammals who are monogamous there are receptors of oxytocin and receptors for vasopressin.

In promiscuous mammals who are not monogamous there are very few receptors for either oxytocin or vasopressin. These hormones are released during childbirth and sexual intimacy. For women, even when they hug another person.