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Journey to the Centers of the Mind: Toward a Science of Consciousness

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This text offers a unifying theory of consciousness that encompasses both phenomenological mental events and physical aspects of brain function. Using information gathered from clues in animal behaviour, human brain damage, computer science, neurobiology and philosophy, Greenfield offers a "Concentric Theory" of consciousness and shows how certain events in the brain correspond to our qualitative experience of the world. Demonstrating the ways in which we can interpret the experience of consciousness in terms of interactions among neurons, she explores how much we can learn by continuing to find the links between our physical and mental inner worlds.

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Neuroscientist Greenfield (pharmacology, Oxford U.) demonstrates a "concentric theory" of consciousness that unifies both phenomenological and physical aspects of brain function. Drawing on information from animal behavior, human brain damage, computer science, neurobiology, and philosophy, she traces the links between the physical and mental and shows how events in the brain correspond to a person's qualitative experience of the world.
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How do our personalities and mental processes, our "states of consciousness", derive from a gray mass of tissue with the consistency of a soft-boiled egg? How can mere molecules constitute an idea or emotion? Some of the most important questions we can ask are about our own consciousness. Our personalities, our individuality, indeed our whole reason for living, lie in the brain and in the elusive phenomenon of consciousness it generates. Thinkers in many disciplines have long struggled with such questions, often in ways that have seemed incompatible, if not downright contradictory. Philosophers have meditated on the subjective experience of consciousness, with little attention to the physical realm, while scientists have sought to establish a causal relation between brain function and mind, often ignoring the qualitative aspects of experience. In Journey to the Centers of the Mind, neuroscientist Susan Greenfield offers an intriguing, unifying theory of consciousness that encompasses both phenomenological mental events and physical aspects of brain function. Using information gathered from clues in animal behavior, human brain damage, computer science, neurobiology, and philosophy, Greenfield offers a "concentric theory" of consciousness, and shows how certain events in the brain correspond to our qualitative experience of the world. Demonstrating the ways in which we can interpret the experience of consciousness in terms of interactions among neurons, she explores how much we can learn by continuing to find the links between our physical and mental inner worlds.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-211) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780716727231
Author:
Greenfield, Susan A.
Publisher:
W.H. Freeman & Company
Author:
Greenfield, Susan
Author:
Greenfield, Susan A.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
Consciousness
Subject:
Neurosciences
Subject:
Cognitive neuroscience
Subject:
Brain chemistry
Subject:
Psicologia cognitiva
Subject:
Consciousness -- Physiological aspects.
Subject:
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
Copyright:
Series Volume:
94-31
Publication Date:
19950531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
236
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x.69 in. 1.11 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , How do our personalities and mental processes, our "states of consciousness", derive from a gray mass of tissue with the consistency of a soft-boiled egg? How can mere molecules constitute an idea or emotion? Some of the most important questions we can ask are about our own consciousness. Our personalities, our individuality, indeed our whole reason for living, lie in the brain and in the elusive phenomenon of consciousness it generates. Thinkers in many disciplines have long struggled with such questions, often in ways that have seemed incompatible, if not downright contradictory. Philosophers have meditated on the subjective experience of consciousness, with little attention to the physical realm, while scientists have sought to establish a causal relation between brain function and mind, often ignoring the qualitative aspects of experience. In Journey to the Centers of the Mind, neuroscientist Susan Greenfield offers an intriguing, unifying theory of consciousness that encompasses both phenomenological mental events and physical aspects of brain function. Using information gathered from clues in animal behavior, human brain damage, computer science, neurobiology, and philosophy, Greenfield offers a "concentric theory" of consciousness, and shows how certain events in the brain correspond to our qualitative experience of the world. Demonstrating the ways in which we can interpret the experience of consciousness in terms of interactions among neurons, she explores how much we can learn by continuing to find the links between our physical and mental inner worlds.
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