Consciousness Lost and Found: A Neuropsychological Exploration

Paperback | April 1, 1999

byLawrence Weiskrantz

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The phenomenon of `consciousness' is intrinsically related to one's awareness of one's self, of time, and of the physical world. What, then, can be learned about consciousness from people who have suffered brain damage such as amnesia which affects their awareness? This is the questionexplored by Lawrence Weiskrantz, a distinguished neuropsychologist who has worked with such patients over 30 years. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Consciousness Lost and Found provides a unique perspective on one of the most challenging issues in science today.

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The phenomenon of `consciousness' is intrinsically related to one's awareness of one's self, of time, and of the physical world. What, then, can be learned about consciousness from people who have suffered brain damage such as amnesia which affects their awareness? This is the questionexplored by Lawrence Weiskrantz, a distinguished ne...

One of the century's most distinguished neuropsychologists, Lawrence Weiskrantz is a Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The unseen and the unknown3. Deficits, degradation, and dissociations4. The "What?" of consciousness5. Animal consciousness - the problem of "whether?"6. The memory commentary is NOW7. Attributes and possible pathways of residual visual capacity8. The evolutionary "why"?9. The question of "how?"10. And so. . .Appendix - Terminology

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`Weiskrankz is one of the truly great neuropsychologists of the century. His discovery of blindsight, for example, brought philsophy and neuroscience into contact on the issuew of the brain's basis for awareness. The revolutionary blindsight results knocked the stuffing out of the `obvious'assumption that awareness of a signal is necessary for an intentional response to that signal.'Patricia Smith Churchland, University of California, San Diego.