Action, Mind, and Brain

Action, Mind, and Brain

An Introduction

By David A. Rosenbaum

An engaging and accessible introduction to the psychology and neuroscience of physical action.
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An engaging and accessible introduction to the psychology and neuroscience of physical action.

This engaging and accessible book offers the first introductory text on the psychology and neuroscience of physical action. Written by a leading researcher in the field, it covers the interplay of action, mind, and brain, showing that many core concepts in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and technology grew out of questions about the control of everyday physical actions. It explains action not as a “one-way street from stimuli to response” but as a continual perception-action cycle. The informal writing style invites students to think through the evidence step by step, helping them develop general thinking stills as well as learn specific facts. Special emphasis is placed on the role of underrepresented groups.

The book discusses the intellectual background of the field, from Plato to Kant, Dewey, and others; applications and methods; and the physical substrates of action—bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. It considers the control of actions in space; learning, and the roles of nature and nurture; feedback; feedforward, or anticipated feedback; and degrees of freedom—the multiple ways of getting things done and three methods for narrowing the alternatives. The book is generously illustrated, including many images of thinkers who contributed to the field.


$55.00 X ISBN: 9780262543392 302 pp. | 7 in x 10 in 115


  • Action, Mind, and Brain is a brilliant invitation to students of psychology, neuroscience, and kinesiology to explore the brain in action. This is a book I've long desired.”

    Romeo Chua

    Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia

  • “David Rosenbaum's richly illustrated book is an exceptionally engaging, educational, and encompassing primer to brain, cognition, and behavior. It uniquely introduces students to the history, philosophy, methods, and measures of the science of human action.”

    Edward Wasserman

    Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Iowa; author of As If by Design

  • Action, Mind, and Brain will change how you think about thinking. David Rosenbaum clearly shows how important action is to how we think, learn, and perform. This book is a must-read for any student interested in how we, as humans, operate and what we can do to enhance our performance.”

    Sian Leah Beilock

    cognitive scientist; President of Barnard College, Columbia University