IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Frontiers of the Mind in the 21st Century: Commentary on Psychology


  • Paula Tallal


The field of Psychology, which is the study of the mind, is one of extraordinary breadth. As a field of study, Psychology must encompass not only a description of the many and various aspects of everything minds do, but of increasing interest in the 20th Century, the mechanisms by which specific brain processes develop and maintain the various and numerous components and functions of the mind. A primary shift in the 20th Century was for Psychology to move beyond its initial focus on describing what minds do, with a major focus on disturbed or abnormal behavior, to an in depth, scientific study of how, and even why, the various components and functions of the mind work as they do, specifically in terms of brain function. Put simply, Psychology in the 20th Century became a science. Central to the scientific study of Psychology has been the need to encompass and explain the vast individual differences that comprise the broad spectrum of mental and neurological functioning, from what is considered within the range of normal to what is classified or diagnosed as abnormal. Similarly, it has been necessary to account for individual differences in the rate and order of acquisition of a myriad of developmental processes, as well as for factors effecting creativity and originality throughout the life span.

Suggested Citation

  • Paula Tallal, 1999. "Frontiers of the Mind in the 21st Century: Commentary on Psychology," Working Papers 99-10-070, Santa Fe Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:wop:safiwp:99-10-070

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    More about this item

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wop:safiwp:99-10-070. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Thomas Krichel). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.