Out of Mind: Varieties of Unconscious Processes

Hardcover | June 1, 2001

EditorBeatrice de Gelder, Edward de Haan, Charles Heywood

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Can we learn without consciousness? When the eminent neuropsychologist, Lawrence Weiskrantz first coined the term 'blindsight' to describe a condition whereby a patient could demonstrate that they were aware of some object, yet insist that they were completely unaware of its existence, theresponse from some in the scientific community was one of extreme skepticism. Even now, there are those who question the existence of unconscious (implicit) learning, and the topic remains one of the most actively researched and debated in psychology. In recent years evidence for unconsciousprocessing across a range of sensory modalities have come from studies of vision, audition, memory, emotion, and action. Never before have these studies of unconscious processing in the different senses been brought together into a single volume. In a book dedicated to Lawrence Weiskrantz, some ofthe leading psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists of the day explain what we know about unconscious processing in the different senses. Including contributions from, amongst others, David Milner, Jon Driver, Alan Cowey, and Ray Dolan, the book presents a state of the art account of what we nowknow about 'the unconscious'. The book will provide a fascinating account for students and researchers in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy.

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Can we learn without consciousness? When the eminent neuropsychologist, Lawrence Weiskrantz first coined the term 'blindsight' to describe a condition whereby a patient could demonstrate that they were aware of some object, yet insist that they were completely unaware of its existence, theresponse from some in the scientific community ...

Bea De Gelder is in the Department of Psychology, Tilburg University. Edward De Haan is in the Department of Psychology, Utrecht University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.87 inPublished:June 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198506309

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionSection I - Setting the stage1. Why is blindsight blind?2. Blindsight - putting beta on the back burnerSection II - Visual perception3. Recovery of visual function following damage to the striate cortex in monkeys4. Colour and the cortex5. Disruption of visual evoked potentials following a V1 lesion: implications for blindsight6. Is blindsight motion blind?Section III - Attention and memory7. Unconscious processing in neglect and extinction8. Auditory-visual spatial interactions: automatic versus intentional components9. Scope and limits of implicit memory in amnesia10. Attention and alerting: cognitive processes spared in blindsightSection IV - Emotion11. The amygdala and unconscious fear processing12. Covert affective cognition and affective blindsight13. Conscious amd unconscious processing of emotional facesSection V - Action14. Direct and indirect visual routes to action15. Numbsense: a case study and implicationsPostscript - Lawrence WeiskrantzIndex