The Neurology of Consciousness: Cognitive Neuroscience and by Steven Laureys, Giulio Tononi

By Steven Laureys, Giulio Tononi

Knowing attention is the main unsolved challenge in biology. One more and more very important approach to learning realization is to review problems of recognition, e.g. mind harm and ailment states resulting in vegetative states, coma, minimally unsleeping states, and so on. a lot of those reviews are a great deal within the public eye as a result of their courting to controversies approximately coma sufferers (e.g. Terry Schiavo case within the US recently), and the connection to 1 of the key philosophical, sociological, political, and spiritual questions of humankind.
This is the 1st e-book to summarize our present realizing of the neuroanatomical and sensible underpinnings of human recognition by way of emphasizing a lesional method provided through the research of neurological sufferers. the chosen individuals are all remarkable authors and undisputed leaders of their box.

- the 1st significant ebook at the Neurology of attention, i.e. at the examine of mind damages and sickness states that result in various degrees of disturbances in human awareness (vegetative, coma, minimally unsleeping states, etc)
- dependent, illustrated, and priced to be beautiful to a large industry, together with scholars in Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychology, Psychiatry etc
- Articles from the most researchers within the box, together with Christof Koch, Marcus Raichle, Allan Hobson, Nicholas Schiff, Joseph Fins, Michael Gazzaniga, Lionel Naccache
- exact and complete in its focus
- of serious curiosity within the moral dialogue of coma instances, contains a bankruptcy at the ethics via JJ Fins
- of significant curiosity to anyone considering awareness as one of many significant philosophical, sociological, political, and non secular questions of our time

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However, the calculation errors may be less serious than the conceptual errors in assuming that any mathematical model can be successfully used as a reductive theory of cognitive processes, a point made very effectively by Miller (2010). In short, no matter how successfully a predictive mathematical model may be, it cannot uniquely define internal structure. Recapitulations of Data Another form of prototheory especially common in cognitive neuroscience is actually a cryptic recapitulation or restatement of the findings in a slightly different language than that in which they were originally measured.

Hypotheses) rather than tests of theories. The point is that by designating something as a theory does not automatically make it such. Many so called “neurotheories” have proliferated as the seductive4 nature of brain images has made its way from our scientific culture to that of the mundane world. In recent years, a host of new “neurosciences” have been proposed, based on purported links between both macroneural and microneuronal neurophysiological data, on the one hand, and various aspects of human cognition or social interaction, on the other.

In other instances, however, the metaphorical language might even come from the same domain as that being represented, and the fact that a prototheory is but a metaphor may not be evident. Thus, for example, a representation of the brain as an aggregation of localized, function-specific nodes may actually be a simplifying metaphor for whatever is the current view of brain organization. Such a description may appear superficially to be a reductive theory of the brain activity, but, in actuality, it may be nothing more than a metaphor or, even worse, just a cryptic recapitulation of the empirical findings as just discussed.

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