General Resources

Here you will find some useful, interesting, and inspiring resources to support your understanding as you read through the textbook:

A reciprocal book review for the American Journal of Psychology, where Sue and Emily review Nick Chater’s The Mind is Flat: The Illusion of Mental Depth and The Improvised Mind (2018), and Nick reviews the third edition of Consciousness: An Introduction. You can read the preprint versions of the reviews (plus an extra one of Chater’s book by Dominic Massaro, the journal’s book reviews editor) here:

  • Out with folk psychology, in with what? Review of The Mind is Flat by Nick Chater. Allen Lane 2018. Review by Susan Blackmore and Emily Troscianko.
  • Consciousness explored. A review of Blackmore, S. & Troscianko, E. T. (2018). Consciousness: An Introduction (Third Edition). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Review by Nick Chater.
  • The richness of flatness. Review of the Mind Is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain by Nick Chater. Yale University Press. Review by Dominic W. Massaro.


We’ve put together a collection of videos about the book, both together and separately. You can find out how we ended up collaborating on the third edition and what has changed since the second; learn what it’s like collaborating with your daughter/mother; and explore suggestions for how we hope you, our reader, will use the book.

Short book description

Emily gives a short description of the book.

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How the 3rd edition came about

Sue and Emily discuss about how the third edition came about and how it differs from the second. (With questions from Sue's husband, Adam Hart-Davis.)

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Writing the book with my family

Sue talks about the experience of writing the book with her family.

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Collaborating with Sue

Emily talks about the experience of writing the book with her mother.

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Humanities and mental health Emily

Emily describes how her interest in mental health and her background in literary studies affected how she approached the task of revising the second edition.

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Additional features sentience line activity

Sue and Emily describe the book’s additional features, and demonstrate the sentience line (Chapter 11) as an example of the class activities.

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Sue and Emily outline the material available on the companion website, including the chapter-specific resources, the content removed from the second edition, the self-assessment questions, the enhanced profiles with numerous weblinks, and the hyperlinked bibliography.

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Sue explains why the personal practices matter so much, using ‘Am I conscious now?’ (Chapter 1) and others as examples, and suggesting some tactics for reminding yourself to actually do them.

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