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Author Koch, Christof, 1956-

Title The quest for consciousness : a neurobiological approach / Christof Koch.

Published Denver, Colo. : Roberts and Co., [2004]
©2004

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 UniM Bail  153 KOCH    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 429 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-409) and index.
Contents Foreword / Francis Crick -- 1. Introduction to the Study of Consciousness -- 1.1. What Needs to Be Explained? -- 1.2. A Spectrum of Answers -- 1.3. My Approach Is a Pragmatic, Empirical One -- 1.4. The Neuronal Correlates of Consciousness -- 1.5. Recapitulation -- 2. Neurons, the Atoms of Perception -- 2.1. The Machinery of the Cerebral Cortex -- 2.2. Explicit Representation, Columnar Organization, and Essential Nodes -- 2.3. Firing Rates, Oscillations, and Neuronal Synchronization -- 2.4. Recapitulation -- 3. The First Steps in Seeing -- 3.1. The Retina Is a Layered Structure -- 3.2. Color Vision Uses Three Types of Cones -- 3.3. A Hole in the Eye: The Blind Spot -- 3.4. Receptive Field: A Key Concept for Vision -- 3.5. Multiple Parallel Pathways Exit the Eye -- 3.6. The Superior Colliculus: Another Visual Brain -- 3.7. Eye Movements: Visual Saccades Are Ubiquitous -- 3.8. Recapitulation -- 4. The Primary Visual Cortex as a Prototypical Neocortical Area -- 4.1. Monkey Vision as a Model for Human Vision -- 4.2. The Neocortex Is a Layered, Sheet-Like Structure -- 4.3. A Plethora of Cortical Cell Types -- 4.4. VI: The Main Entry Point for Vision -- 4.5. Recapitulation -- 5. What Are the Neuronal Correlates of Consciousness? -- 5.1. Enabling Factors Necessary for Consciousness -- 5.2. Emotions and the Modulation of Consciousness -- 5.3. Anesthesia and Consciousness -- 5.4. A General Strategy for Circumscribing the NCC -- 5.5. Neuronal Specificity and the NCC -- 5.6. Recapitulation -- 6. The Neuronal Correlates of Consciousness Are Not in the Primary Visual Cortex -- 6.1. You Don't See without V1 -- 6.2. Even if You Can't See It, V1 Still Adapts to It -- 6.3. You Don't Dream with V1 -- 6.4. Directly Stimulating V1 -- 6.5. Monkey V1 Neurons Don't Follow Perception -- 6.6. Recapitulation -- 7. The Architecture of the Cerebral Cortex -- 7.1. If You Want to Understand Function, Seek to Understand Structure -- 7.2. The Cortex Contains a Hierarchical Structure -- 7.3. Thalamus and Cortex: A Tight Embrace -- 7.4. Driving and Modulatory Connections -- 7.5. Ventral and Dorsal Pathways as a Guiding Principle -- 7.6. The Prefrontal Cortex: The Seat of the Executive -- 7.7. Recapitulation -- 8. Going Beyond the Primary Visual Cortex -- 8.1. More Topographic Areas: V2, V3, V3A, and V4 -- 8.2. Color Perception and the Fusiform Gyrus -- 8.3. Cortical Area MT Is Specialized for Motion Processing -- 8.4. The Posterior Parietal Cortex, Action, and Spatial Position -- 8.5. The Inferior Temporal Cortex and Object Recognition -- 8.6. Recapitulation -- 9. Attention and Consciousness -- 9.1. Change Blindness, or How a Magician Fools You -- 9.2. Attending to a Region, Feature, or Object -- 9.3. Does Consciousness Require Attention? -- 9.4. The Binding Problem -- 9.5. Recapitulation -- 10. The Neuronal Underpinnings of Attention -- 10.1. Mechanistic Accounts of Attention -- 10.2. Attentional Influences Occur Throughout the Visual Hierarchy -- 10.3. Neglect, or Patients Who Are Not Blind and Yet Can't See -- 10.4. Recapitulation -- 11. Memories and Consciousness -- 11.1. A Fundamental Distinction -- 11.2. A Taxonomy of Long-Term Memory -- 11.3. Short-Term Memory -- 11.4. Fleeting or Iconic Memory -- 11.5. Recapitulation -- 12. What You Can Do Without Being Conscious: The Zombie Within -- 12.1. Zombie Agents in Everyday Life -- 12.2. Vision-for-Perception Is Different from Vision-for-Action -- 12.3. Your Zombie Acts Faster Than You See -- 12.4. Can Zombies Smell? -- 12.5. Recapitulation -- 13. Agnosia, Blindsight, Epilepsy, and Sleep Walking: Clinical Evidence for Zombies -- 13.1. Visual Agnosia -- 13.2. Blindsight -- 13.3. Complex, Focal Epileptic Seizures -- 13.4. Sleepwalking -- 13.5. Zombie Agents and the NCC -- 13.6. A Turing Test for Consciousness? -- 13.7. Recapitulation -- 14. Some Speculations on the Functions of Consciousness -- 14.1. Consciousness as an Executive Summary -- 14.2. Consciousness and the Training of Sensory-Motor Agents -- 14.3. Why the Brain Is Not Just a Bundle of Zombie Agents -- 14.4. Do Feelings Matter? -- 14.5. Meaning and Neurons -- 14.6. Qualia Are Symbols -- 14.7. What Does This Imply about the Location of the NCC? -- 14.8. Recapitulation -- 15. On Time and Consciousness -- 15.1. How Swift Is Vision? -- 15.2. The All-Or-None Character of Perception -- 15.3. Masking Wipes a Stimulus from Consciousness -- 15.4. Integration and Direct Brain Stimulation -- 15.5. Is Perception Discrete or Continuous? -- 15.6. Recapitulation -- 16. When the Mind Flips: Following the Footprints of Consciousness -- 16.1. Binocular Rivalry: When the Two Eyes Disagree -- 16.2. Where Does Perceptual Suppression Occur? -- 16.3. The Footprints of Consciousness Lead to the Inferior Temporal Cortex -- 16.4. Open Questions and Future Experiments -- 16.5. Recapitulation -- 17. Splitting the Brain Splits Consciousness -- 17.1. On the Difficulty of Finding Something if You Don't Know What To Look For -- 17.2. The Two Cerebral Hemispheres Do Not Subserve the Same Functions -- 17.3. Two Conscious Minds in One Body -- 17.4. Recapitulation -- 18. Further Speculations on Thoughts and the Nonconscious Homunculus -- 18.1. The Intermediate-Level Theory of Consciousness -- 18.2. The Nonconscious Homunculus -- 18.3. The Nature of Qualia -- 18.4. Recapitulation -- 19. A Framework for Consciousness -- 19.1. Ten Working Assumptions to Understand the Mind-Body Problem -- 19.2. Relationship to the Work of Others -- 19.3. Where Do We Go From Here? -- 19.4. Recapitulation -- 20. An Interview.
Subject Consciousness -- Physiological aspects.
Neurobiology -- Research.
ISBN 0974707708 (hardcover)