Understanding Intuition

Book description

Understanding Intuition: A Journey In and Out of Science explores the biological and cognitive mechanisms that account for intuition, and examines the first-person experience. The book integrates both scientific and personal perspectives on this important yet elusive mental capacity. It uses specific encounters to illustrate that intuition is enhanced when we can attend to the subtle aspects of our inner experiences, such as bodily sensations, images, and differing kinds of intuitive evaluative feelings, all of which may emerge no further than on the fringe of awareness. This awareness of subtle inner experiences helps forge a more fluid exchange between the unconscious and conscious minds, and allows readers to calibrate their own intuitions.  Over the course of the book, readers will gain a deeper appreciation and respect for the unconscious mind and its potential sophistication, and even its potential wisdom. Understanding Intuition is a timely and critical resource for students and researchers in psychology, cognitive science, theology, women’s studies, and neuroscience.

  • Stresses the powerful influence of the unconscious mind and its important adaptive role
  • Frames intuition as significant and novel unconscious insight
  • Presents a systematic framework for understanding different kinds of intuition
  • Examines the emotional underpinnings of intuition, giving special emphasis to the role of somatic feelings and their derivatives

Table of contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1. Some Basic Questions
    1. The Scientific Status of Unconscious Intelligence
    2. The Difference Between Ordinary Thought and Intuition
    3. The Relationship Between Scientific and Artistic Intuition
  9. Chapter 2. Implicit Learning
    1. Frequency Learning
    2. Artificial Grammar Learning Experiments
    3. Sequence Learning Experiments
    4. How Implicit Is Implicit Learning?
    5. Exploring the Relationship Between Implicit and Explicit Knowledge
    6. Implicit Learning and the Evaluative Aspect of Intuition
    7. How Important Is Implicit Learning to Breakthrough Intuition?
  10. Chapter 3. Intuitive Cognition and Intuition
    1. Intuitive Cognition in Scientific Discovery: It Must Be a “Molecular Disease”
    2. Intuitive Cognition in Scientific Verification: The Form as well as the Content of the Data was Striking
    3. Intuition and Brain Laterality
    4. Linear Versus Relational Logic
    5. Cognitive Assumptions Underlying the Two Aspects of Mind
    6. Pattern Recognition, Brain Laterality, and Intuition
    7. Appendix 1
    8. Appendix 2
  11. Chapter 4. The Brain and Perception
    1. Classical Versus Natural View of Intelligence
    2. Artificial Neural Networks
    3. The Brain as a Nonlinear Dynamic System
    4. Rabbits and Olfactory Perception
    5. Intuition and the Self-organizing Brain
  12. Chapter 5. Emotion and Motivation
    1. Emotions and Evolution
    2. Human Emotional Cues
    3. The Primary Fear Pathway
    4. The Secondary Fear Pathway
    5. Emotion and Decision Making
    6. A Personal Glimpse of the Role of Emotion in Decision Making
    7. The Iowa Gambling Task
    8. The Iowa Gambling Experiments and Intuition
    9. Deep Integration of Emotion and Cognition
    10. Emotion in More Impersonal Cognition
    11. Putting It Together
  13. Chapter 6. Mental Imagery, Imagination, and Intuition
    1. What Is Mental Imagery?
    2. Internal Imagery, Imagination, and Intuition
    3. Imagination in Science
    4. Carl Jung: Sensate Versus Intuitive Perception
    5. The Brain’s Two Memory and Learning Systems
    6. Intuitive Versus Sensory Science
    7. Possibility Versus Potentialities
    8. Spontaneous Mental Imagery: Letting the Mind Do Its Own Thing
    9. Capturing Spontaneous Mental Imagery
    10. Active Imagination
  14. Chapter 7. The Importance of Embodied Experience and Imagery in Intuition
    1. A Senior Moment
    2. The Development and Ongoing Integration of Bodily Experience and Cognition
    3. Embodied Imagery in the Work of Unusually Intuitive Scientists
  15. Chapter 8. A Feeling for the Truth
    1. Metacognitive Emotion
    2. A Glimpse of the Unconscious at Work
    3. Checking What and Why?
    4. A Privileged View of the Interaction of the Conscious and Unconscious Mind
    5. A Mental Buffer Mediating Between the Conscious and Unconscious Mind
    6. The Intuitive Self
    7. Feelings of Truth
    8. Why Jung and the Collective Unconscious?
  16. Chapter 9. Who Are We?
    1. Spiritual Intuition and Knowing What One Cannot Know
    2. Different Kinds of Spiritual Answers to “Who Are We?”
    3. The Collective Journey
    4. The Personal Journey
  17. Index

Product information

  • Title: Understanding Intuition
  • Author(s): Lois Isenman
  • Release date: April 2018
  • Publisher(s): Academic Press
  • ISBN: 9780128141090