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Consciousness and the brain : deciphering how the brain codes our thoughts

Author: Stanislas Dehaene
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanislas Dehaene
ISBN: 9780670025435 0670025437
OCLC Number: 900876045
Description: 336 sider : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The stuff of thought --
Consciousness enters the lab --
Fathoming unconscious depths --
What is consciousness good for? --
The signatures of a conscious thought --
Theorizing consciousness --
The ultimate test --
The future of consciousness
Responsibility: Stanislas Dehaene

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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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