The extended title of Mindwise is How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want. That’s an ambitious claim for a new entry into an already-crowded field.
Dozens of books about how neuropsychology and neuroanatomy are giving us new insights into the human mind, especially the social mind, have been published recently. Some of them have been reviewed here.
Epley’s book is not the best of the bunch, but it does have several virtues worth noting.
Foremost is Epley’s welcome focus on the science that underlies his explanations. Unlike some other entries in the neuropsych self-help category, Mindwise sticks to claims supported by evidence, from psychological studies, fMRI scans, and other physical tests. Continue reading