Understanding Intuition - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128141083, 9780128141090

Understanding Intuition

1st Edition

A Journey In and Out of Science

Authors: Lois Isenman
eBook ISBN: 9780128141090
Paperback ISBN: 9780128141083
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th January 2018
Page Count: 242
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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.

Key Features

  • 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


Students and researchers in psychology, cognitive science, theology, women’s studies, and neuroscience

Table of Contents

  1. Some Basic Questions
    2. Implicit Learning
    3. Intuitive Cognition
    4. The Brain and Perception
    5. Emotion and Cognition
    6. Mental Imagery, Imagination, and Intuition
    7. The Importance of Embodied Experience and Imagery in Intuition
    8. A Feeling for the Truth
    9. Who Are We?


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About the Author

Lois Isenman

Lois Isenman received her PhD in Cell Biology from the University of California, San Francisco in 1980. She worked for many years as a researcher in Cell Biology at University of California, Berkeley and at Harvard and Tufts Universities. During this time, she became aware that her cognitive style was strongly biased towards intuition, and she eventually became interested in exploring what intuition means as well as its role in scientific endeavor. As a Science Fellow at the former Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College in 1994-95, she began having some unusual intuitive experiences about intuition itself. A few years later she began working on intuition full time as a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University. Her works brings together the Cognitive Science that likely accounts for intuition with foundational first-person experiences of intuition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University (Waltham), MA, USA


"In Understanding Intuition, Lois Isenman offers a gate into the too-rarely seen clarity and scope of our own minds. The invitation is to let go of what we just think we know, and in doing so, to open ourselves up to an entirely different way of knowing."  

--Koun Franz
deputy editor, Buddhadarma

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