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Date: 2006

"While the amygdala's role as a sentinel and trigger for distress is old news to neuroscience, its social role, as part of the brain's system for emotional contagion, has been revealed only recently."

— Goleman, Daniel (b. 1946)

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Date: 2007

"In my mind's eye the road to London is always wet in the winter, and since that is the only eye with which I shall ever see it, wet it remains."

— Gee, Sophie

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Date: 2007

"'Happily for us both, the eye of the mind may visit Miss Fermor in her nightgown at any hour,' he said."

— Gee, Sophie

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Date: 2007

"His mind's eye was entirely absorbed by recalling Arabella's form and figure; the tip of her tongue touching upon her teeth as she spoke; the hair disordered about her face: innocent as a child's, yet knowingly, artfully caught up."

— Gee, Sophie

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Date: 2007

"Every sight is gone in an instant, and I have only my mind's eye in which to keep a mean copy of the glorious original."

— Gee, Sophie

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Date: 2008

"Mr. Ashok's face reappears now in my mind's eye as it used to every day when I was in his service--reflected in my rearview mirror."

— Adiga, Aravind (b. 1974)

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Date: 2009

"Like some inoperable cancerous thing inside his brain, a new mental organ had awakened, insistently and without mercy pushing him forward, punishing him with guilt, compelling him to feel things and want things that can't be argued for or against on the basis of logical reasoning, analy...

— Konstantinou, Lee

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Date: 2009

"Whatever else has happened to him, the moral thing that erupted in his mind hasn't gone into remission. If anything, it has only metastasized, secretly colonizing, under the cover of this last month's madness, more and more of his sense of self."

— Konstantinou, Lee

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Date: April 2, 2009

"Memory is a muscle, not a quart jar."

— Holt, Jim

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Date: 2009, trans. 2012

"I switched off the computer, slid it into my bag, rinsed the cup and placed it in the sink, pulled out the loose electrical cable, turned off the light, and donned hat and coat in the moonlight filtering through the cracks in the blinds, all the time picturing her in my mind's eye in the large f...

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.