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Pathological Certitude

Robert A. Burton

in Pathological Altruism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199738571
eISBN:
9780199918669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738571.003.0101
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter presents an overview of how the mind generates the feeling that a thought, belief, or action is correct. Drawing on personal anecdote as well as neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, ... More


The Feeling of Knowing in Mrs Dalloway: Neuroscience and Woolf

Sowon S. Park

in Contradictory Woolf

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780983533955
eISBN:
9781781384930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines how the body and mind can meet across disciplinary divides between neuroscience and literature. It comments on psycholinguist and cognitive neuroscientist Steven Pinker's ... More


The Psychology of (Un)Certainty

Kostas Kampourakis and Kevin McCain

in Uncertainty: How It Makes Science Advance

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190871666
eISBN:
9780190871697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190871666.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

People strive for certainty due to an inherent desire for it. Uncertainty seems to be stressful in the same unconscious manner as anger and fear. We cannot really control this feeling, and we feel ... More


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