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Getting Inside Your Head
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We live in other people's heads: avidly, reluctantly, consciously, unaware, mistakenly, and inescapably. Our social life is a constant negotiation among what we think we know about each other's thoughts and feelings, what we want each other to think we know, and what we would dearly love to know but don't. Cognitive scientists have a special term for the evolved cognitive adaptation that makes us attribute mental states to other people through observation of their body language; they call it theory of mind. Getting Inside Your Head uses research in theory of mind to look at movies, musicals, novels, classic Chinese opera, stand-up comedy, mock-documentaries, photography, and reality television. It follows Mr. Darcy as he tries to conceal his anger (Pride and Prejudice), Tyler Durden as he lectures a stranger at gunpoint (Fight Club), and Ingrid Bergman as she fakes interest in horse races (Notorious). Written in reader-friendly language, this book exemplifies the new interdisciplinary field of cognitive cultural studies, demonstrating that collaboration between cognitive science and cultural studies is both exciting and productive.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. ii-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface: Fantasies of Access
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. ONE: Culture of Greedy Mind Readers
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. TWO: I Know What You’re Thinking Mr. Darcy!
  2. pp. 21-44
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  1. THREE: Sadistic Benefactors
  2. pp. 45-54
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  1. FOUR: Theaters, Hippodromes, and Other Mousetraps
  2. pp. 55-78
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  1. FIVE: Movies: The Power of Restraint
  2. pp. 79-102
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  1. SIX: Mockumentaries, Photography, and Stand-Up Comedy: Upping the Agony
  2. pp. 103-116
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  1. SEVEN: Reality TV: Humiliation in Real Time
  2. pp. 117-124
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  1. EIGHT: Musicals (Particularly around 11 PM)
  2. pp. 125-144
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  1. NINE: Painting Feelings
  2. pp. 145-168
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  1. TEN: Painting Mysteries
  2. pp. 169-178
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  1. Coda
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 181-196
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-217
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