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1st Edition

Foundations of Consciousness

ISBN 9780415594677
Published July 27, 2017 by Routledge
186 Pages

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Book Description

The conscious mind is life as we experience it; we see the world, feel our emotions and think our thoughts thanks to consciousness. This book provides an easy introduction to the foundations of consciousness; how can subjective consciousness be measured scientifically? What happens to the conscious mind and self when the brain gets injured? How does consciousness, our subjective self or soul, arise from the activities of the brain?

Addressing the philosophical and historical roots of the problems alongside current scientific approaches to consciousness in psychology and neuroscience, Foundations of Consciousness examines key questions as well as delving deeper to look at altered and higher states of consciousness. Using student-friendly pedagogy throughout, the book discusses some of the most difficult to explain phenomena of consciousness, including dreaming, hypnosis, out-of-body experiences, and mystical experiences.

Foundations of Consciousness provides an essential introduction to the scientific and philosophical approaches to consciousness for students in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and philosophy. It will also appeal to those interested in the nature of the human soul, giving an insight into the motivation behind scientist’s and philosopher’s attempts to understand our place as conscious beings in the physical world.

Table of Contents

Preface: Consciousness – The Dark Energy of the Brain? 

Chapter 1: Psychology and the Scientific Study of Consciousness

Chapter 2: What Is Consciousness?

Chapter 3: The Philosophy of Consciousness

Chapter 4: The History of Consciousness in Psychological Science

Chapter 5: Methods for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

Chapter 6: Neuropsychology and Consciousness

Chapter 7: The Neural Correlates of Consciousness (NCC)

Chapter 8: Dreaming

Chapter 9: Hypnosis

Chapter 10: Higher States of Consciousness

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Antti Revonsuo is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Skövde, Sweden, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Turku, Finland. He has been conducting research on consciousness and the philosophical mind-brain -problem since the early 1990s, focusing on dreaming and consciousness and on the neural correlates of visual consciousness. He has published two books on consciousness, Inner Presence: Consciousness as a Biological Phenomenon (MIT Press, 2006) and Consciousness, The Science of Subjectivity (Psychology Press, 2010). Revonsuo is also known for his evolutionary-psychological theory of dreaming, the threat-simulation theory.