In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in consciousness, from a number of viewpoints. In this book, the place of consciousness in modern science is discussed by leading authorities from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, and neurology. They address several main issues: the theoretical status of different aspects of consciousness; the criteria for using the concept and for distinguishing instances of conscious and
non-conscious behaviour; the basis of consciousness in cognition and in functional brain organization; the relationship between different levels of theoretical discourse; disorders of consciousness, especially
neurological; and the functions of consciousness. The book thus presents a wide-ranging survey of current thinking on this important topic.
`It is a pleasure to report that the present volume is a wonderful collection of papers from a variety of psychologically relevant perspectives that are actually written to address the issue of consciousness head on.'
`The book is full of memorable and challenging statements, ...., the spirit of the presentations, and their collection in one volume, singles this out as that most rare of beasts, a book that nearly all psychologists will find of interest.' The Psychologist
the book presents a wide-ranging survey of current thinking on an important topic.
Marcel,A.J. & Bisiach, E. (1992) Consciousness in Contemporary science.
'a good picture of the current state of play in the various fields involved'
Network, December 1993, No. 53
'this book reflects well the current contemporary discussion on consciousness ... fascinating collection ... I will continue to enjoy this collection for some time.'
Chris Code, University of Sydney, Aphasiology, 1994, Vol. 8, No. 3
Anthony J. Marcel & E. Bisiach: A cautious welcome: an introduction and guide to the book; Kathleen Wilkes: - , yishi, duh, um, and consciousness; Daniel C. Dennett: Quining qualia; Robert Van Gulick: Consciousness, intrinsic intentionality, and self-understanding machines; Edoardo Bisiach: The (haunted) brain and consciousness; Anthony J. Marcel: Phenomenal experience and functionalism; Alan Allport: What concept of consciousness?; Lawrence Weiskrantz:
Some contributions of neuropsychology of vision and memory to the problem of consciousness; Matthew Hugh Erdelyi: Hypermnesia and insight; Michael S. Gazzaniga: Brain modularity: towards a philosophy of
conscious experience; Marcel Kinsbourne: Integrated field theory of consciousness; Richard L. Gregory: Consciousness in science and philosophy: consciousness and con-science; Patricia Smith Churchland: Reduction and the neurobiological basis of consciousness; Tim Shallice: Information-processing models of consciousness: possibilities and problems; Carlo Umilta: The control and operations of consciousness; Philip N. Johnson-Laird: A computational analysis of consciousness; Keith Oatley: On
changing one's mind: a possible function of conciousness; Index.