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How attention works : finding your way in a world full of distraction
Stefan van der Stigchel; Danny Guinan
BF321 .S68513 2016
"How we filter out what is irrelevant so we can focus on what we need to know.We are surrounded by a world rich with visual information, but we pay attention to very little of it, filtering out what is irrelevant so we can focus on what we think we need to know. Van der Stigchel makes his case with examples from real life, explaining, among other things, the limitations of color perception (and why fire trucks shouldn't be red); the importance of location (security guards and radiologists, for example, have to know where to look); the attention-getting properties of faces and spiders; what we can learn from someone else's eye movements; why we see what we expect to see (magicians take advantage of this); and visual neglect and unattended information." --publisher's description.
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A supernatural war : magic, divination, and faith during the First World War
Owen Davies
BF1429 .D38 2018
"It was a commonly expressed view during the First World War that the conflict had seen a major revival of 'superstitious' beliefs and practices. Churches expressed concerns about the wearing of talismans and amulets, the international press paid considerable interest to the pronouncements of astrologers and prophets, and the authorities in several countries periodically clamped down on fortune tellers and mediums due to concerns over their effect on public morale. Out on the battlefields, soldiers of all nations sought to protect themselves through magical and religious rituals, and, on the home front, people sought out psychics and occult practitioners for news of the fate of their distant loved ones or communication with their spirits. Even away from concerns about the war, suspected witches continued to be abused and people continued to resort to magic and magical practitioners for personal protection, love, and success."--from Melvyl catalog.
The evolution of the sensitive soul : learning and the origins of consciousness
The evolution of the sensitive soul : learning and the origins of consciousness
Simona Ginsburg; Eva Jablonka; Anna Zeligowski
BF311 .G5325 2019
"What marked the evolutionary transition from organisms that lacked consciousness to those with consciousness--to minimal subjective experiencing, or, as Aristotle described it, "the sensitive soul"? In this book, Simona Ginsburg and Eva Jablonka propose a new theory about the origin of consciousness that finds learning to be the driving force in the transition to basic consciousness. Using a methodology similar to that used by scientists when they identified the transition from non-life to life, Ginsburg and Jablonka suggest a set of criteria, identify a marker for the transition to minimal consciousness, and explore the far-reaching biological, psychological, and philosophical implications." --Dust jacket.
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Handbook of cultural psychology
Dov Cohen; Shinobu Kitayama
GN502 .H3615 2019
"Now completely revised (over 90% new), this handbook offers the authoritative presentation of theories, methods, and applications in the dynamic field of cultural psychology. Leading scholars review state-of-the-art empirical research on how culture affects nearly every aspect of human functioning. The volume examines how topics fundamental to psychology--such as cognition, emotion, motivation, development, and mental health--are influenced by cultural meanings and practices." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Manual for survival : a Chernobyl guide to the future
Kate Brown
TD196.R3 B785 2019
"A chilling exposé of the international effort to minimize the health and environmental consequences of nuclear radiation in the wake of Chernobyl. Governments and journalists tell us that though Chernobyl was "the worst nuclear disaster in history," a reassuringly small number of people died (44), and nature recovered. Yet, drawing on a decade of fine-grained archival research and interviews in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, Kate Brown uncovers a much more disturbing story--one in which radioactive isotypes caused hundreds of thousands of casualties. " --from Melvyl catalog.
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Well-read black girl : finding our stories, discovering ourselves : an anthology
Glory Edim
PS153.N5 W37 2018
"An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature. Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives--but not everyone regularly sees themselves on the pages of a book. In this timely anthology, Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we all--regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability--have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Thick : and other essays
Tressie McMillan Cottom
HM479.C68 C68 2019
"In these eight ... explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom--award-winning professor and ... author of Lower Ed--embraces her ... role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society"--Dust jacket flap.
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Experiencing the impossible : the science of magic
Gustav Kuhn
BF1611 .K84 2019
"How much of your world do you really perceive? Can you trust what you see and remember? Who is in charge of your thoughts and actions? In the final part we will see how magic is applied to areas outside entertainment and discuss some of the reasons we so captivated by this art from. Experiencing the Impossible will help you appreciate the complex, and almost magical neurological mechanisms that underpin many of our daily activities." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Survival math : notes on an all-American family
Mitchell S Jackson
E185.86 .J332 2019
"With a poet's gifted ear, a novelist's sense of narrative, and a journalist's unsentimental eye, Mitchell S. Jackson candidly explores his tumultuous youth in the other America. Survival Math takes its name from the calculations Mitchell and his family made to keep safe--to stay alive--in their community, a small black neighborhood in Portland, Oregon blighted by drugs, violence, poverty, and governmental neglect. Survival Math is both a personal reckoning and a vital addition to the national conversation about race." -- from Melvyl catalog.  
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Ornamented lives
Jaan Valsiner
GN502 .V35 2019
"[This book] offers a theoretical synthesis of cultural psychology, aesthetics, and philosophy of meaning construction. The book concentrates on the visual ornaments of various kinds, indicating in them the tensions between basic forms - linear and curvilinear." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Visualising human rights
Jane Lydon
P96.H85 V57 2018
"Visualising Human Rights is about the diverse ways that visual images have been used to define, contest, or argue on behalf of human rights. It brings together leading scholars to examine visual practices surrounding human rights around the globe." --from publisher's description.
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When they call you a terrorist : a Black Lives Matter memoir
Patrisse Khan-Cullors; Asha Bandele; Angela Y Davis
E185.97.K43 A3 2018
"Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin. Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love, to tell the country -- and the world -- that Black Lives Matter." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Latinx literature now : between evanescence and event
Ricardo L Ortíz
PQ7081 .O78 2019
"Latinx Literature Now engages with a diverse collection of works in Latinx literary studies, critical theory, and the philosophy of history, as well as a wide range of Latinx literary texts, in order to offer readers an alternative model of how Latinx literary scholarship and Latinx literary criticism might go about doing their work." -- from Melvyl atalog.