Neurochemistry of Consciousness: Neurotransmitters in Mind

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Elaine K. Perry, Heather Ashton, Allan H. Young
John Benjamins Publishing, 2002 - Psychology - 344 pages
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This pioneering book explores in depth the role of neurotransmitters in conscious awareness. The central aim is to identify common neural denominators of conscious awareness, informed by the neurochemistry of natural, drug induced and pathological states of consciousness. Chemicals such as acetylcholine and dopamine, which bridge the synaptic gap between neurones, are the 'neurotransmitters in mind' that form the substance of the volume, which is essential reading for all who believe that unravelling mechanisms of consciousness must include these vital systems of the brain.Up-to-date information is provided on: Psychological domains of attention, motivation, memory, sleep and dreaming that define normal states of consciousness. Effects of chemicals that alter or abolish consciousness, including hallucinogens and anaesthetics. Disorders of the brain such as dementia, schizophrenia and depression considered from the novel perspective of the way these affect consciousness, and how this might relate to disturbances in neurotransmission.(Series B)
 

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Contents

Novel signal transduction
25
Attention
43
Memory
65
Reward and punishment systems
83
Slow wave and nonREM stages
105
Cholinergic and dopaminergic hypotheses
123
Monoaminergic disinhibition hypothesis
133
General anesthetics
149
Ethnic routes to altered consciousness
205
Focus on the cholinergic system
229
Parkinsons disease
247
A disorder of consciousness?
263
Schizophrenia
279
Mood disorders
293
Mental retardation and autism
309
Envoi
325

Effects of drugs on sleep
163
Neuroleptics
169

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