THE NEUROLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropathology

THE NEUROLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropathology

by Steven Laureys
     
 

Understanding consciousness is the major unsolved problem in biology. One increasingly important method of studying consciousness is to study disorders of consciousness, e.g. brain damage and disease states leading to vegetative states, coma, minimally conscious states, etc. Many of these studies are very much in the public eye because of their relationship to

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Overview

Understanding consciousness is the major unsolved problem in biology. One increasingly important method of studying consciousness is to study disorders of consciousness, e.g. brain damage and disease states leading to vegetative states, coma, minimally conscious states, etc. Many of these studies are very much in the public eye because of their relationship to controversies about coma patients (e.g. Terry Schiavo case in the US recently), and the relationship to one of the major philosophical, sociological, political, and religious questions of humankind.
This is the first book to summarize our current understanding of the neuroanatomical and functional underpinnings of human consciousness by emphasizing a lesional approach offered via the study of neurological patients. The selected contributors are all outstanding authors and undisputed leaders in their field.

  • New chapters on the neuroanatomical basis of consciousness, functional intrinsic brain activity, anesthesia, as well as expanded coverage of the unresponsive wakefulness syndrome/ vegetative state and the minimally conscious state
  • The first comprehensive, authoritative collection to describe disorders of consciousness and how they are used to study and understand the neural correlates of conscious perception in humans
  • Includes revised and new chapters from the top international researchers in the field

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780123741684
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
10/22/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

* are confirmed contributors

INTRODUCTION: Giulio Tononi & Steven Laureys

BASICS
1. An overview of brain structures and their contribution to consciousness: Adam Zeman
2. The neurological examination of consciousness: Hal Blumenfeld & Steven Laureys*
3. Evaluating consciousness by measuring brain function: PET, fMRI, EEG, ERP, MEG: Steven Laureys & Giulio Tononi*
4. Consciousness and neural synchronization: Wolf Singer
5. Studying the neural correlates of visual consciousness: Geraint Rees*
6. Consciousness and attention: Christof Koch*

WAKING, SLEEP AND ANESTHESIA
7. Conscious resting states: Marcus Raichle*
8. Sleep and physiological alterations of consciousness: Giulio Tononi*
9. Waking and dreaming consciousness: Allan Hobson*
10. Sleepwalking and other dissociated states: Claudio Bassetti
11. General Anesthesia: Michael Alkire*

COMA AND RELATED CONDITIONS
12. Coma: Wijdicks
13. Brain death: James Bernat*
14. Vegetative state: Adrian Owen & Steven Laureys*
15. Minimally conscious state: Joeseph Giacino & Nicholas Schiff*
16. Locked-in syndrome: Steven Laureys*
17. Dementia : to be defined
18. Brain computer interfaces: Andrea Kubler*
19. Ethical issues: Joseph Fins*

SEIZURES, SPLITS, NEGLECTS, AND ASSORTED DISORDERS
20. Epileptic loss of consciousness: Hal Blumenfeld*
21. Split brain: Michael Gazzaniga *
22. Blindsight, agnosia, neglect and Capgras: Lionel Naccache*
23. Conversion disorders: Patrick Vuillemier*
24. Out of body experiences: Olaf Blanke*
25. Disturbances of conscious memory and the hippocampus: Susan Corkin
26. Global amnesia: Adam Zeman
27. Consciousness and aphasia : to be defined

CLOSING THE CIRCLE: Giulio Tononi & Steven Laureys*

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