How does the 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 who is interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness.
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"This bookÕs spunky writing and popular topic should have made transforming it into an appealing audio an easy proposition. But David DrummondÕs repetitive tonal patterns give the production a flat quality that falls short of making this title the Òjoyous exploration of the mindÓ that the publisher claims it to be. DrummondÕs phrasing is always clear, but he repeats the same pitch sequences again and again. However, the authorÕs boyish enthusiasm for this kind of psychological inquiry saves the production and helps it deliver a stirring look at how todayÕs scientists are parsing the experience of being conscious. T.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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