The Conscious Brain

The Conscious Brain The problem of consciousness continues to be a subject of great debate in cognitive science Synthesizing decades of research The Conscious Brain advances a new theory of the psychological and neuroph

  • Title: The Conscious Brain
  • Author: Jesse J. Prinz
  • ISBN: 9780195314595
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Conscious Brain

    The problem of consciousness continues to be a subject of great debate in cognitive science Synthesizing decades of research, The Conscious Brain advances a new theory of the psychological and neurophysiological correlates of conscious experience.Prinz s account of consciousness makes two main claims first consciousness always arises at a particular stage of perceptual pThe problem of consciousness continues to be a subject of great debate in cognitive science Synthesizing decades of research, The Conscious Brain advances a new theory of the psychological and neurophysiological correlates of conscious experience.Prinz s account of consciousness makes two main claims first consciousness always arises at a particular stage of perceptual processing, the intermediate level, and, second, consciousness depends on attention Attention changes the flow of information allowing perceptual information to access memory systems Neurobiologically, this change in flow depends on synchronized neural firing Neural synchrony is also implicated in the unity of consciousness and in the temporal duration of experience.Prinz also explores the limits of consciousness We have no direct experience of our thoughts, no experience of motor commands, and no experience of a conscious self All consciousness is perceptual, and it functions to make perceptual information available to systems that allows for flexible behavior.Prinz concludes by discussing prevailing philosophical puzzles He provides a neuroscientifically grounded response to the leading argument for dualism, and argues that materialists need not choose between functional and neurobiological approaches, but can instead combine these into neurofunctional response to the mind body problem.The Conscious Brain brings neuroscientific evidence to bear on enduring philosophical questions, while also surveying, challenging, and extending philosophical and scientific theories of consciousness All readers interested in the nature of consciousness will find Prinz s work of great interest.

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    1. Joshua Stein

      Just as disclosure, I took a course with Jesse Prinz that covered and discussed a fair amount of the material in this book; my opinions are informed in part by that coursework and by the relationship with him.Prinz's The Conscious Brain is one of the most thoughtful theories of consciousness that I've read in quite a while. For various reasons, the subfield of consciousness can often feel very redundant, especially if you tend to read a lot of the same people, because the theories are informed i [...]

    2. Peter Mcloughlin

      This book comes to the closest to any book I have seen to explaining consciousness. It is both instructive in regards to the Neuroscience of consciousness and tackles most but not all of the problems of relating consciousness to physical functioning of the brain. I have read a lot on this topic and no book left me with a more satisfying explanation of how consciousness arises as a py roperty of brain function. The theory Prinz uses to explain consciousness he refers to as Attending Intermediate- [...]

    3. Nythamar De Oliveira

      This is a highly original work in a very complex, tricky field. I was particularly struck by Prinz's intriguing take on Damasio's accounts of self-awareness and self-consciousness, esp. in the critical account of the thalamus not so much as a locus of consciousness but rather as its precondition, or in Damasio's terms, as consciousness being located in first-order rather than second-order maps, favoring Prinz's quasi-phenomenological view of consciousness as attention and and his claim that atte [...]

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