The Unity of Consciousness: Binding, integration, and dissociation

Hardcover | February 3, 2004

EditorAxel CleeremansbyChris Frith

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Consciousness has many elements, from sensory experiences such as vision, audition, and bodily sensation, to nonsensory aspects such as volition, emotion, memory, and thought. The apparent unity of these elements is striking; all are presented to us as experiences of a single subject, and allseem to be contained within a unified field of experience. But this apparent unity raises many questions. How do diverse systems in the brain co-operate to produce a unified experience? Are there conditions under which this unity breaks down? Is conscious experience really unified at all? In recent years, these questions have been addressed by researchers in many fields, including, neurophysiologists and computational modellers, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, and philosophy. With chapters from some of the leading thinkers on consciousness, this is a thought-provoking bookthat attempts to answer some of the big questions. Contributors include - Chris Frith, David Chalmers, Guilio Tononi, Anne Treisman, Andrew Young, Sydney Shoemaker, Glyn Humphreys, Rodney Cotterill, Zoltan Dienes, Susan Hurley, Randall O'Reilly, Andreas Engel, Pierre Perruchet, Catherine Tallon-Baudry, and Francisco Varela.

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Consciousness has many elements, from sensory experiences such as vision, audition, and bodily sensation, to nonsensory aspects such as volition, emotion, memory, and thought. The apparent unity of these elements is striking; all are presented to us as experiences of a single subject, and allseem to be contained within a unified field ...

Axel Cleeremans is in the Department of Psychology, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.87 inPublished:February 3, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordAcknowledgementsIntroductionPart 1: What is unity?1.1. Timothy Bayne and David J. Chalmers: What is the unity of consciousness?1.2. Sydney Shoemaker: Consciousness and co-consciousness1.3. Susan Hurley: Action, the unity of consciousness, and vehicle externalismPart 2: Binding (The mechanisms of unity)2.1. Anne Treisman: Consciousness and perceptual binding2.2. Glyn W. Humphreys: Conscious visual representations built from multiple binding processes: evidence from neuropsychology2.3. Andreas K. Engel: Temporal binding and the neural correlates of consciousness2.4. Catherine Tallon-Baudry: Oscillatory synchrony as a signature for the unity of visual experience in humans2.5. Randall C. O'Reilly, Richard Busby, and Rodolfo Soto: Three forms of binding and their neural substrates: Alternatives to temporal synchronyPart 3: Dissociations (when unity breaks down)3.1. Pierre Perruchet and Annie Vinter: Linking learning and consciousness: The self-organizing consciousness (SOC) Model3.2. Zoltan Dienes and Josef Perner: Unifying consciousness with explicit knowledge3.3. Andrew W. Young: Face recognition with and without awarenessPart 4: Integration (The emergence of unity)4.1. Guilio Tononi: Consciousness differentiated and integrated4.2. Francisco Varela and Evan Thompson: Neural synchrony and the unity of mind: A neurophenomenological perspective4.3. Rodney Cotterill: Conscious unity, emotion, dreaming, and the solution of the hard problem