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by Jeffrey McQuain,Diane Ackerman,Paul M. Matthews
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  • Author:
    Jeffrey McQuain,Diane Ackerman,Paul M. Matthews
  • ISBN:
    0972383026
  • ISBN13:
    978-0972383028
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    Dana Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Pages:
    192 pages
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Matthews's science is beautifully interwoven with Jeffrey McQuain's interpretations of many of the most significant soliloquies in all of Shakespeare's plays.

Matthews's science is beautifully interwoven with Jeffrey McQuain's interpretations of many of the most significant soliloquies in all of Shakespeare's plays. The Bard on the Brain is also illustrated throughout with performance photos of acclaimed British and American actors-such as Morgan Freeman as Petruchio, Sir Ian McKellen as Prospero, Alfre Woodard as Paulina, and Anthony Hopkins as King Lear-from celebrated Shakespeare companies

Matthews, Paul M. Publication date. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Knowledge - Psychology, Drama - Psychological aspects, Mind and body in literature, Psychology in literature, Emotions in literature, Brain - Imaging. New York : Dana Press.

Paul Matthews and Jeffrey McQuain have given us a new and fascinating insight into the works of Shakespeare and the .

Paul Matthews and Jeffrey McQuain have given us a new and fascinating insight into the works of Shakespeare and the workings of the human brain. I am honored to be included in this wonderful book. Shakespeare investigated how the human mind works 400 years ago, whereas brain scientists today have the tools such as positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to address the questions that fascinated Shakespeare.

The logic behind this approach is that, as the authors explain, Shakespeare’s genius derives from his keen insight into the human mind and that, in functional imaging, brain scientists finally have the means to address questions that Shakespeare so eloquently put forward four centuries ago.

The Bard on the Brain : Understanding the Mind Through the Art of Shakespeare and the Science of Brain Imaging. I must recommend this thought-provoking book to anyone with an interest in either of the two fields that Paul M. Matthews expertly interweaves. As a drama lover, I also enjoyed the many photos from performances of the Bard's plays.

Matthews, Paul M. and McQuain, Jeffrey. Is My Mind Mine? Neuroethics and Brain Imaging . Wolpe, Paul Root (2009). Related Items in Google Scholar.

Understanding the Mind Through the Art of Shakespeare and the Science of Brain Imaging", to quote the book's galumphing sub-title, is. .

Understanding the Mind Through the Art of Shakespeare and the Science of Brain Imaging", to quote the book's galumphing sub-title, is not one questionable pursuit but two. And it is difficult to see what they have to say to each other. Professor Matthews' field is functional brain imaging, which means taking pictures of the brain's electrical activity as it experiences various emotions or undertakes various activities.

Saved in: Main Author: Matthews, Paul M. Other Authors: McQuain, Jeff, 1955-. Published: New York : Dana Press, c2003. Subjects: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Knowledge Psychology.

Matthews - the director of Oxford University's centre for functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain - has collaborated with Shakespeare scholar Jeffrey McQuain to produce The Bard on the Brain, published by Dana Press, which will be launched tomorrow at the London Book.

Matthews - the director of Oxford University's centre for functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain - has collaborated with Shakespeare scholar Jeffrey McQuain to produce The Bard on the Brain, published by Dana Press, which will be launched tomorrow at the London Book Fair

More than 400 years after they were first written, Shakespeare's plays still offer a stunning glimpse into the motivations, desires, and deviancies of man. His characters are caught in situations modern readers can sympathize with, and his themes—love, family relations, adultery, power, treachery—are as relevant now as they were then. Surprisingly, another aspect of the Bard's work that has withstood the test of time is his understanding of the brain. The Bard on the Brain is a marvelous combination of close readings of Shakespeare and the most current neurological research that together demonstrate how impulses and actions originate in the brain.Paul Matthews here shows us the center-stage role of the brain in famous scenes from Shakespeare's plays. With stunning color brain scans and clear English, Matthews demonstrates how uncannily Shakespeare perceived the brain at work in his characters' ideas and deeds, and how the living brain mirrors human experiences created centuries ago by the Bard. Matthews's science is beautifully interwoven with Jeffrey McQuain's interpretations of many of the most significant soliloquies in all of Shakespeare's plays. The Bard on the Brain is also illustrated throughout with performance photos of acclaimed British and American actors—such as Morgan Freeman as Petruchio, Sir Ian McKellen as Prospero, Alfre Woodard as Paulina, and Anthony Hopkins as King Lear—from celebrated Shakespeare companies. The result of this partnership between scientist and scholar is a unique view of Shakespeare's characters, a dissection of his language, and a wonderfully oblique perspective on the human brain.

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I must recommend this thought-provoking book to anyone with an interest in either of the two fields that Paul M. Matthews expertly interweaves.
I teach English and so was familiar with many of the passages of Shakespeare that are analysed but I had never myself given a moment's thought to any of the play's links to science. At first I was sceptical of the credence of these links to the brain but by the time I had read the first few chapters I was genuinely intrigued by the way Shakespeare does seem to have known about the brain.
One criticism that may be leveled is that it may not go into real depth in either of the fields the book covers, and for this reason it might not appeal to a true expert in Neurology or Shakesperean literature. However I for one found it not just an entertaining read but an intellectually stimulating one as well.
Akinohn
I was really intrigued by this book -- how often do scientists and literary scholars collaborate? This is not an academic book in the purest sense--but what's wonderful about it is that is written by two academics who are not afraid to show their love of Shakespeare and who want their work and interests to be accessible to a broad audience. The result is a fun and refreshing look at art and science, which I really enjoyed. The gorgeous illustrations are enticing, as is the often illuminating and always thought provoking commentary by the two authors. Since I am not a scientist, I was particularly taken by the brain imaging and commentary by Dr. Matthews. As a drama lover, I also enjoyed the many photos from performances of the Bard's plays.