The newsletter of the Memory Disorders Project at Rutgers University

Definition about Mind 

The mind is a term usually used to refer to the functions of the brain, including:

  • Ability to perceive;
  • Have emotions;
  • Store and access memories;
  • Display intelligence and will.

Historically, there has been contentious debate about whether mind arises wholly from brain, or whether some functions (such as consciousness or free will) are not reducible to brain activity.

Further reading:

  • S. Pinker (1997). How the Mind Works. New York: W. Norton;
  • R. Restak (1984). The Brain. New York: Bantam Books

by Catherine E. Myers. Copyright © 2006 Memory Loss and the Brain