Mind and Brain Sciences in the 21st Century

Edited by Robert L. Solso

The approach of the new millennium encourages people to stop and think about where we have been and where we are going. In these essays, all but one written for this book, many of those who have helped to shape the fields of neurocognition, cognitive science, and psychology give their thoughts on the past and future of the science of mind. Ernest R. Hilgard's foreword presents "A Personal View of 20th Century Psychology: With an Eye to the 21st Century." Some of the essays offer specific ideas about what the future may hold, while others prefer the grand overview. Some touch on the philosophical, social, and scientific implications of the science of the mind; a few border on whimsy or science fiction. All are written to be understood by the informed layperson, as well as professionals and students.

The authors of the essays describe their visions of what might be, not what is determined to be. A major goal of the volume is to encourage scientists and scholars to consider alternative worlds—to help us to avoid many of the problems of the past and to create a healthier and more humane future.

A Bradford Book

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword: A Personal View of 20th-Century Psychology: With an Eye to the 21st Century

    Ernest R. Hilgard

  2. Preface
  3. I. Consciousness and the 21st Century
  4. 1. Psychology in a World of Sentient, Self-Knowing Beings: A Modest Utopian Fantasy

    Bernard J. Baars

  5. 2. What Thin Partitions...

    Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

  6. 3. Will the Mind Become the Brain in the 21st Century?

    Richard F. Thompson

  7. 4. FACT: The First Axiom of Consciousness and Thought

    Endel Tulving

  8. II. Brain and Mind in the 21st Century
  9. 5. Infusing Cognitive Neuroscience into Cognitive Psychology

    Edward E. Smith

  10. 6. Imaging the Future

    Michael I. Posner and Daniel J. Levitin

  11. 7. What to Do with Your Own Personal Brain Scanner

    Alan Gevins

  12. 8. The Deep and Surface Structure of Memory and Conscious Learning: Toward a 21st-Century Model

    Karl H. Pribram

  13. 9. What Are Brains for?

    Michael S. Gazzaniga

  14. III. Psychology (Memory, Theory, and Cognition) in the 21st Century
  15. 10. The Future of Cognitive Psychology?

    Henry L. Roediger III

  16. 11. The Memory Trainers

    Gay Snodgrass

  17. 12. On Future Psychological Categories

    Jerome Kagan

  18. 13. The Goal of Theory in Experimental Psychology

    George Sperling

  19. 14. How to Prepare for Our Future of Totally Unexpected Opportunities

    Neal E. Miller

  20. 15. The Future of Psychology

    Hans J. Eysenck

  21. 16. Mind Sciences and the 21st Century

    Robert L. Solso

  22. About the Authors
  23. Name Index
  24. Subject Index