Consciousness and the Brain

Consciousness and the Brain

Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts

Book - 2014
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"A breathtaking look at the new science that can track consciousness deep in the brain How does our brain generate a conscious thought? And why does so much of our knowledge remain unconscious? Thanks to clever psychological and brain-imaging experiments, scientists are closer to cracking this mystery than ever before. In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. We can now pin down the neurons that fire when a person reports becoming aware of a piece of information and understand the crucial role unconscious computations play in how we make decisions. The emerging theory enables a test of consciousness in animals, babies, and those with severe brain injuries. A joyous exploration of the mind and its thrilling complexities, Consciousness and the Brain will excite anyone interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
ISBN: 9780670025435
Branch Call Number: 612.82 DEH
Characteristics: 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 07, 2016

I agree, this is a good read. I especially enjoyed parts on how consciousness and unconsciousness work together, evolutionary aspects, and how consciousness works in certain illnesses. Very good explanations.

srmechs Jul 07, 2014

An exciting book to read. I had no idea this type of research was going on--so very much was completely new! Well written, but it will take more than one reading to get more than a taste of what is there. I'm constantly amazed at the number of scientists who can write so well for those outside their specialty.


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