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Supernormal stimuli how primal urges overran their evolutionary purpose by Deirdre Barrett

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Published by W.W. Norton & Co. in New York .
Written in English


  • Evolutionary psychology,
  • Behavior evolution

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementDeirdre Barrett.
LC ClassificationsBF698.95 .B36 2010
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23832421M
ISBN 109780393068481
LC Control Number2009037078

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The only reason this book got any stars from me is because the subject of supernormal stimuli was actually interesting. Except Barrett didn't even talk about supernormal stimuli for 80% of the book. This book suffers from what I call the Mindset effect - that is, the first couple of chapters are interesting and informative and the rest of the /5. Supernormal Stimuli is just super. The reader is shown how by understanding our evolutionary past we can see how our lives are guided today. This book is a great example of the ancient wisdom that to ‘know thyself’ is the key to the good life. John RateyBrand: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. Supernormal stimuli, in essence, hijack the natural response tendency and cause animals to respond more strongly, and often preferentially, to the exaggerated stimuli. Importantly, supernormal stimuli tend to activate some of the same reward systems in the brain that are involved in addiction. Evolutionary psychologist Deirdre Barrett applies this concept to the alarming disconnect between human instinct and our created environment, demonstrating how supernormal stimuli are a major cause of today's most pressing problems, including obesity and war. However, Barrett does more than show how unfettered instincts fuel dangerous excesses.

  Supernormal book. Read 46 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Can yoga and meditation unleash our inherent supernormal mental powers, /5. Supernormal Stimuli Dies ist das erste Mal, dass ich einen Cartoon in der Wochenschau verlinke. Doch Supernatural Stimuli von Stuart McMillen ist so gelungen, dass ich mir das nicht nehmen lasse. Er illustriert mit eindrucksvollen Bildern, welchen unnatürlichen Reizen der Mensch des Jahrhunderts ausgesetzt ist, und welche Probleme das. Psychology Definition of SUPERNORMAL STIMULUS: An impulse that is by its definition much stronger or exaggerated then the ones usually experienced. Such . Daniel Akst reviews Deirdre Barrett's "Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose.".

Once we recognize how supernormal stimuli operate, we can craft new approaches to modern predicaments. Humans have one stupendous advantage over Tinbergen’s birds: a giant brain. The message of this book is that this gives us the unique ability to exercise self-control, override instincts that lead us astray, and save ourselves from 5/5(1). Supernormal Stimuli How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose Book Summary: A Harvard psychologist explains how our once-helpful instincts get hijacked in our garish modern world. Our instincts—for food, sex, or territorial protection— evolved for life on the savann years ago, not in today’s world of densely populated cities, technological innovations, and pollution. Supernormal Stimulus An exaggerated imitation that elicits a stronger response than the real thing. • A supernormal stimulus is a variation of a familiar stimulus that elicits a response - Selection from The Pocket Universal Principles of Design [Book].   Much of Tinbergen's work is beautifully captured by Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett in the book Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary has to wonder if the leap from these findings to human behavior is near or far, but Dr. Barrett seems to think that the link is closer then we believe, arguing that supernormal stimulation governs the behavior of Author: Gregory Ciotti.