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How emotions are related to abstract thought and why mathematics is incredibly accurate, how the cerebral cortex is arranged, why its possibilities are limited, and how emotions, complementing the cortex activity, allow human brain to make scientific discoveries - these questions discussed in [1] are the subject of our interview with the author, psychiatrist Anna Sverdlik. This book is Intended for anyone who is interested in the nature of abstract thought, especially mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Written in clear pedagogical style, it gives a deep insight into the physiology of abstract thought and offers some new interpretations of recent neuroscientific data.

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A. A Sidorova-Biryukova

Lomonosov Moscow State University


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