Consciousness and the Brain

Consciousness and the Brain

Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts

出版社:Viking Adult ISBN:978-0-670-02543-5 定价:USD 27.95

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.
作者介绍
STANISLAS DEHAENE is the director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in Saclay, France, and the professor of experimental cognitive psychology at the Collège de France. He is the author of Reading in the Brain.
内容简介
Also by Stanislas Dehaene
Title Page
Copyright
Dedication
Epigraph
Introduction: The Stuff of Thought
1 Consciousness Enters the Lab
2 Fathoming Unconscious Depths
3 What Is Consciousness Good For?
4 The Signatures of a Conscious Thought
5 Theorizing Consciousness
6 The Ultimate Test
7 The Future of Consciousness
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Illustration Credits