Oxford Companion to Consciousness

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"The Oxford Companion to Consciousness is the most complete authoritative survey of contemporary research on consciousness. Five years in the making and including over 250 concise entries written by leaders in the field, the volume covers both fundamental knowledge as well as more recent advances in this rapidly changing area." "Structured as an easy-to-use dictionary and extensively cross-referenced, the Companion offers contributions from philosophy of mind to neuroscience, from experimental psychology to clinical findings, so reflecting the profoundly interdisciplinary nature of the subject. Particular care has been taken to ensure that each of the entires is accessible to the general reader and that the overall volume represents a comprehensive snapshot of the contemporary study of consciousness." The result is a unique compendium that will prove indispensable to anyone interested in consciousness, from beginning students wishing to understand a concept to professional consciousness researchers looking for the best characterization of a particular phenomenon.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: Structured as a dictionary, this survey of the concepts of consciousness integrates the latest research into its over 250 entries.
Purpose: According to the editors, their hope was to create a guide for students of consciousness. They note, "As such, this volume aims to provide a comprehensive account — a map, if you like — of current work on consciousness."
Audience: The book targets a wide range of readers, from beginning students "wishing to understand a concept" to professional researchers "looking for the best characterization of a particular phenomenon." Tim Bayne is university lecturer at the University of Oxford; Axel Cleeremans is a research director with the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique and professor at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles; and Patrick Wilken is founder of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. There are over 200 contributors from the United States, England, Israel, Australia, and Canada.
Features: The book's 250-plus entries are arranged in alphabetical order. A typical entry begins with a short introduction to the topic, followed by a description of subtopics and a conclusion. Research is an important part of the entry and numerous figures help explain the topic. References conclude each entry, many of which are 2 to 3 pages long. The book includes 12 color plates grouped in the middle.
Assessment: This excellent book not only defines terms of consciousness but also provides analysis by integrating research findings. It will be useful for seasoned veterans as well as novices in the field.
From the Publisher

"This compendium provides a first-rate overview of the burgeoning field of consciousness studies. Highly Recommended" --CHOICE

"This excellent book not only defines terms of consciousness, but also provides analysis by integrating research findings. It will be useful for seasoned veterans as well as novices in the field."--Doody's

"The Oxford Companion to Consciousness is a monument to the maturation of the field...This text text belongs on the bookshelf of every new and seasoned researcher of consciousness studies. It is a remarkable achievement, given that consciousness became a respectable topic of scientific investigation only a mere two decades ago (Zeman, 2001). The editors have done a fine job of including the most topical, up-to-date, and encompassing survey of important data, concepts, theories, and methods suitable to this 21st-century interdisciplinary field."--PsycCRITIQUES

"This impressive tome is the product of considerable effort by its three editors and by many contributors. Without a doubt it is the most comprehensive book of its kind now available. While I will go on to make some critical remarks, I want to state first that I think every researcher in the field of consciousness, and every college or university library, should own a copy.... I cannot imagine any cognitive scientist who would not profit from delving into this very fine book. I strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in consciousness." -- Philosophical Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198569510
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Bayne, University Lecturer in the Philosophy of Mind, University of Oxford and Fellow of St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, UK,Axel Cleeremans, Research Director with the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique and a professor of cognitive psychology, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium,Patrick Wilken, Former Director of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and founder of the electronic interdisciplinary consciousness studies journal Psyche, School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

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Table of Contents

Laid out as a dictionary

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