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TitleBrain and Conscious Experience [electronic resource] : Study Week September 28 to October 4, 1964, of the Pontificia Academia Scientiarum / edited by John C. Eccles
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1965
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Descript XXII, 592 p. 103 illus. online resource


The planning of this Study Week at the Pontifical Academy of Science from September 28 to October 4, 1964, began just two years before when the President, Professor Lemaitre, asked me if 1 would be responsible for a Study Week relating Psychology to what we may call the Neurosciences. 1 accepted this responsibility on the understanding that 1 could have asยญ sistance from two colleagues in the Academy, Professors Heymans and Chagas. Besides participating in the Study Week they gave me muchยญ needed assistance and advice in the arduous and, at times, perplexing task that 1 had undertaken, and 1 gratefully acknowledge my indebtedness to them. Though there have been in recent years many symposia concerned with the so-called higher functions of the brain, for example with percepยญ tion, learning and conditioning, and with the processing of information in the brain, there has to my knowledge been no symposium specifically with brain functions and consciousness since the memorable treating Laurentian Conference of 1953, which was later published in 1954 as the book, "Brain Mechanisms and Consciousness


1 Structural design of the neocortex -- 2 Cerebral synaptic mechanisms -- 3 Structure and function of archicortex -- 4 Neural replication of somatic sensory events -- 5 Sensory mechanisms in perception -- 6 Information transmission in the visual system -- 7 Brain stimulation and conscious experience -- 8 Perception after brain injury -- 9 Speech, perception and the cortex -- 10 Consciousness -- Discussion: developing the themes of preceding papers 249 -- 11 Brain mechanisms and states of consciousness -- 12 Neurophysiological correlates of mental unity -- 13 Brain bisection and consciousness -- 14 Conscious experience and memory -- 15 Functional significance of sleep for brain mechanisms -- 16 Precentrai motor area -- 17 Conscious control of action -- 18 Brain-consciousness problem -- 19 Ethology and consciousness -- 20 Dopamine and central neurotransmission -- 21 Psychosomatic problems -- Final discussion -- Convergences, divergences, lacunae

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