Neurochemistry of Consciousness: Neurotransmitters in mind

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Elaine K. Perry, Heather Ashton, Allan H. Young
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 17, 2002 - Psychology - 344 pages
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.

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Contents

Neurotransmitter networks
3
Cholinergic transmission
25
Natural Alterations of Consciousness
41
Attention
43
Memory
65
Motivation
83
Sleep
105
Dreaming
123
Delirium and hallucinations
181
Plants of the gods
205
Brain Pathology and Consciousness
227
Alzheimers disease
229
Parkinsons disease
247
Dementia with Lewy bodies
263
Schizophrenia
279
Mood disorders
293

Dreaming
133
DrugInduced Alterations in Consciousness
147
General anesthetics
149
Effects of drugs on sleep
163
Neuroleptics
169
Mental retardation and autism
309
Envoi
325
Index
333
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