Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts
WINNER OF THE 2014 BRAIN PRIZE
From the acclaimed author of Reading in the Brain and How We Learn, 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fpagan - LibraryThing
Readably reviews the vast amount of recent experimental research on the extent of unconscious brain operations (the majority) and on how conscious brain operations differ from them. Favors a "global ... Read full review
CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE BRAIN: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our ThoughtsUser Review - Kirkus
Dehaene (Experimental Cognitive Psychology/Collège de France; Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention, 2009) delivers a detailed popular account of what he and fellow ... Read full review