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Books Related to Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory

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Books in this section are related to Book III, Chapter 5, "Schizophrenia" in The Origin of Consciousness and the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. See also, "Consciousness, Hallucinations, and the Bicameral Mind: Three Decades of New Research" by Marcel Kuijsten in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness.

Featured Book:

Language Lateralization and Psychosis

Language Lateralization and Psychosis
Iris E.C. Sommer and René S. Kahn (Eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion?

Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion?
Mary Boyle, Routledge, 2002.


Cognitive Therapy for Delusions, Voices and Paranoia
P. Chadwick, M. Birchwood, and P. Trower, John Wiley and Sons, 1996.

In Search of Madness

In Search of Madness: Schizophrenia and Neuroscience
R. Walter Heinrichs, Oxford University Press, 2001.
An in-depth, well written review of the research into the many proposed causes of schizophrenia.


Schizophrenia: Comprehensive Treatment and Management
Marvin I. Herz and Stephen R. Marder, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002.

The Madness of Adam and Eve

The Madness of Adam and Eve: How Schizophrenia Shaped Humanity
David Horrobin, Bantam Press, 2002.


Sampling Normal and Schizophrenic Inner Experience
Ch. 14, "A Schizophrenic Woman Who Heard Voices of the Gods"
Russell T. Hurlburt, Plenum Press, 1990.

The Quiet Room

The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness
Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett, 1996.

Mind, Brain, and Schizophrenia

Mind, Brain, and Schizophrenia
Peter Williamson, Oxford University Press, 2005.

Historical Perspectives:


Dementia Praecox or The Group of Schizophrenias
Eugen Bleuler, New York: International Universities Press, 1911/1950.
Cited by Jaynes on pgs. 88, 414, 419, 423, 424.


L.N. Jayson, New York: Funk and Wagnall, 1937.
Cited by Jaynes on p. 96.


Memoirs of My Nervous Illness
D.P. Schreber, London: Dawson, 1955.
Cited by Jaynes on pgs. 414-416.