Cognition, Computation, and Consciousness

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Overview

The topic of consciousness is truly multidisciplinary, attracting researchers and theorists from diverse backgrounds. It is now widely accepted that previously disparate areas all have contributions to make to the understanding of the nature of consciousness. Thus, we now have computational scientists, neuroscientists, and philosophers all engaged in the same effort. This book illustrates these three approaches, with chapters provided by some of the most important and provocative figures in the field. The first section is concerned with philosophical approaches to consciousness. One of the fundamental issues here is that of subjective feeling or qualia. The second section focuses on approaches from cognitive neuroscience. Patients with different types of neurological problems, and new imaging techniques, provide rich sources of data for studying how consciousness relates to brain function. The third section includes computational approaches looking at the quantitative relationship between brain processes and conscious experience. Cognition, Computation, and Consciousness represents a uniquely integrated and current account of this most fascinating and intractable subject.

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Offers a three-pronged approach to consciousness with 16 studies from philosophical, neuroscience, and computer science perspectives, updated from contributions to a 1994 symposium in Kyoto, Japan. The topics include consciousness in human and robot minds, sleep and dreams, from reflective to reflexive information processing in the human brain, body awareness and its disorders, neurodynamics and brain mechanisms, and a bi-directional theory approach. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198524144
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Pages: 284
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

RIKEN Institute of Physical & Chemical Research

University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Tokyo

Oxford University

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Consciousness: a philosophical tour 3
2 Consciousness in human and robot minds 17
3 Consciousness and the mind-body problem 31
4 Understanding consciousness: the case of sleep and dreams 45
5 Why can't I control my brain? Aspects of conscious experience 69
6 Brain mechanisms of vision, memory, consciousness 81
7 Single neurons, communal goals, and consciousness 121
8 Automaticity: from reflective to reflexive information processing in the human brain 137
9 Neuronal origin of visual imagery 151
10 Awareness of memory deficit 163
11 Body awareness and its disorders 169
12 Language, spatial cognition, and the brain 177
13 The coherence definition of consciousness 193
14 Neurodynamics and brain mechanisms 205
15 Bidirectional theory approach to consciousness 233
16 The computational role of conscious processing in a model of semantic memory 249
Index 265
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