Readership: Psychologists from undergraduate level upwards; popular science readers
Edited by Sergio Della Sala, Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK
"...this book is so well written and balanced that it will make for enriching and entertaining reading for readers at any level. It manages to have a scientific foundation, yet presents clinically intriguing and practical, relevant cases. It is refreshing to see a group of authors put together a critical analysis of the rampant misinformation that thrives in popular culture." - Doody's Notes
"...this book is a lot of fun and hugely informative." - Journal of Consciousness Studies
Part I - Where Do Tall Tales about the Mind and the Brain Come From?
Sergio Della Sala & Barry L. Beyerstein: Introduction - the myth of 10% and other tall tales about the mind and the brain
1: Christopher C French & Krissy Wilson: Cognitive factors underlying paranormal beliefs and experiences
2: Peter Lamont: Critically thinking about paranormal belief
3: Massimo Polidoro: The magic in the brain; how conjuring works to deceive our minds
Part II - Tall Tales on Memory and Learning
4: Nelson Cowan, Candice C Morey & Zhijian Chen: The legend of the magical number seven
5: Seema L Clifasefi, Maryanne Garry & Elizabeth Loftus: Setting the record (or video camera) straight on memory: the video camera model of memory and other memory myths
6: Amina Memon & Don Thomson: The myth of the incredible eyewitness
7: Rachel Sutherland, Deryn Strange & Maryanne Garry: We've got the whole child witness thing figured out, or do we?
Part III - Tall Tales on Intelligence
8: David Carey: Is bigger really better? The search for brain size and intelligence in the 21st century
9: Mike Anderson: Biology and intelligence: the race/IQ controversy
10: Colin Gray & Sergio Della Sala: The refined Mozart effect: let's enjoy the music
11: David G Myers: The powers and perils of intuuition
12: Ken Gilhooly: Creative thinking: the mystery myth
Part IV - Tall Tales on Language and Communication
13: Antonella Sorace: The more, the merrier: facts and beliefs about the bilingual mind
14: Nick Miller: The Merry Vibes of Wintzer: the tale of foreign accent syndrome
15: Ray Hyman: Talking with the dead, communicating with the future and other myths created by cold reading
16: Barry L Beyerstein: Graphology - a total write-off
17: Aldert Vrij & Samantha Mann: The truth about deception
Part V - Tall Tales on the Brain
18: Michael C Corballis: The dual-brain myth
19: Barry L Beyerstein: The neurology of the weird: brain states and anamalous experience
20: Giovanni Berlucchi: The myth of the clonable human brain
21: Peter Brugger & Marion Funk: Out on a limb: neglect and confabulation in the study of aplasic phantoms
22: Cesare Cornoldi & Rossana DeBeni: Imagery and blindness
23: Christopher C French & Julia Santomauro: Something wicked this way comes: causes and interpretations of sleep paralysis
Part VI - Tall Tales on the Mind
24: Eric H Chudler: The power of the full moon. Running on empty?
25: Ray Hyman: Ouija, dowsing, and other seductions of ideomotor action
26: Olaf Blanke & Gregor Thut: Inducing out-of-body experiences
27: Barry L Beyerstein, Wallace I Sampson, Zarka Stojanovic & James Handel: Can mind conquer cancer?
28: Fernando Saravi: The elusive search for a "gay gene"
29: Mark Solms & Oliver Turnbull: To sleep, perchance to REM? The rediscovered role of emotion and meaning in dreams