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Cognition, Computation, and Consciousness - Masao Ito

Cognition, Computation, and Consciousness

By: Masao Ito (Editor), Yasushi Miyashita (Editor), Edmund T. Rolls (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780198524144
Number Of Pages: 276

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The topic of consciousness is truly multidisciplinary, attracting researchers and theorists from diverse backgrounds. It is now widely accepted that previously disparate areas all have contributions to make to the understanding of the nature of consciousness. Thus, we now have computational scientists, neuroscientists, and philosophers all engaged in the same effort. This book illustrates these three approaches, with chapters provided by some of the most important and provocative figures in the field. The first section is concerned with philosophical approaches to consciousness. One of the fundamental issues here is that of subjective feeling or qualia. The second section focuses on approaches from cognitive neuroscience. Patients with different types of neurological problems, and new imaging techniques, provide rich sources of data for studying how consciousness relates to brain function. The third section includes computational approaches looking at the quantitative relationship between brain processes and conscious experience. Cognition, Computation, and Consciousness represents a uniquely integrated and current account of this most fascinating and intractable subject.

`In pursuing the editors' stated aim of understanding the brain mechanisms of consciousness, this book presents a valuable interdisciplinaryt perspective. An impressive body of research is fathered which, coupled with some insightful speculation offered by several authors, significantly clarifies many of the issues surrounding higher cognitive function ... it conveys effectively the rich diversity of research that informs the science of consciousness.' Brian L. Lancaster, Trends in Cognitive Sciences - Vol. 1, No. 4, July 1997

M. Ito: Introduction Philosophical Approaches 1: O. Flanagan: Introduction to philosophical approaches to consciousness 2: D. Dennett: Consciousness in human and robot mind 3: J. Murata: Consciousness and the mind-body problem Approaches from Cognitive Neuroscience 4: M. Gazzaniga: Why can't I control my brain? Aspects of conscious experience 5: E. Rolls: Brain mechanisms of vision, memory, and consciousness 6: H. Barlow: Single neurons, communal goals, and consciousness 7: M. Raichle: The development of automaticity - from conscious to nonconscious information processing in the human brain 8: Y. Miyashita: Neuronal origin of visual imagery 9: H. Tanaba: Awareness of memory deficit 10: A. Yamadori: Body awareness anmd its disorders 11: U. Bellugi and E. Klima: Language, modality, and the brain 12: C. von der Malsburg: The coherence definition of consciousness 13: J. Cowan: Neurodynamics and brain mechanisms 14: M. Kawato: Bi-directional theory approach to consciousness 15: R. Grotto and M. Virasoro: The computational role of conscious processing in a model of semantic memory

ISBN: 9780198524144
ISBN-10: 0198524145
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.58