Finding Consciousness in the Brain: A Neurocognitive Approach (Advances in Consciousness Research)
How does the brain go about the business of being conscious? Though we cannot yet provide a complete answer, this book explains what is now known about the neural basis of human consciousness.The last decade has witnessed the dawn of an exciting new era of cognitive neuroscience. For example, combination of new imaging technologies and experimental study of attention has linked brain activity to specific psychological functions. The authors are leaders in psychology and neuroscience who have conducted original research on consciousness. They wish to communicate the highlights of this research to both specialists and interested others, and hope that this volume will be read by students concerned with the neuroscientific underpinnings of subjective experience. As a whole, the book progresses from an overview of conscious awareness, through careful explanation of identified neurocognitive systems, and extends to theories which tackle global aspects of consciousness. (Series B)
Finding Out About Consciousness in the Brain
By Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of "Lotus Eff... - November 20, 2008
"Finding Consciousness in the Brain" is a great, albeit slightly technical, way, to find out about the consciousness in the brain. The book is intended for "specialists," "students concerned with the neuroscientific underpinnings of the subjective experience" and for "interested others."
Reviewing the book from the amateurish position of an "interested other" (I am a counseling psychologist), I gladly report that this "interested other" found the book quite interesting. Moreover, I'd like to suggested another category of readership: therapists interested in meta-cognitive therapy. The editor of the book, Peter G. Grossenbacher, uses an organizing tool that is of particular interest to a psychotherapeutic clinician looking to expand his/her repertoire of "experiential exercises" that can help the client recognize the meta-cognitive perspective of experience (which can be later harnessed for emotional self-regulation training). In particular, the editor - as a way of... read more
By Carlos Camara "marrorris2" - January 31, 2002
These papers were written sometime between 1995-96, but they are revised in 2000, so the information is still up to date. This is a wonderful contribuition to consciousness studies. It is the best book out of the series "advances in consciousness research" so far. The papers adress, not general theories of consciousness, like Edelman's or Damasio's, but more subtle aspects of the whole enterprise. For example, the first section adresses the study of covert processing and its relationship to consciousness, as well as a review of Baron-Cohens theory of autism -relevant for the understanding of consciousness of the mental. The second section deals with visual consciousness, intersensory integration and the separation in the visual system of not "what" and "where" pathways, but "what" and "how to act on it". Clearly this section deals with the contents of consciousness, nit consciousness itself. The third section deals with emotion,... read more
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