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"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, 2014
ISBN: 9780670025435
Branch Call Number: 612.82 DEH NVD
Characteristics: 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 24, 2019

Interesting book if you can get through the first 90 pages. Up to that point he mainly discusses how information can be registered by the brain but not be made conscious. It's not a light reading book, but this researcher knows his stuff. If you're interested in the working of the brain and it's relation to consciousness, this is the book to pick up.

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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