Encyclopedia of Consciousness, 1st Edition

  • William Banks
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  • ISBN-10: 008092042X
  • ISBN-13: 9780080920429
  • DDC: 153.03
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 972 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released January 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Consciousness has long been a subject of interest in philosophy and religion but only relatively recently has it become subject to scientific investigation. Now, more than ever before, we are beginning to understand this mental state. Developmental psychologists understand when we first develop a sense of self; neuropsychologists see which parts of the brain activate when we think about ourselves and which parts of the brain control that awareness. Research that once was separate inquiries in discreet disciplines is converging. List serves and small conferences focused on consciousness are proliferating. New journals have emerged in this field. A huge number of monographs and edited treatises have recently been published on consciousness, but there is no recognized entry point to the field, no comprehensive summary. This encyclopedia is that reference. Organized alphabetically by topic, coverage encompasses a summary of major research and scientific thought regarding the nature of consciousness, the neural circuitry involved, how the brain, body, and world interact, and our understanding of subjective states.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Foreword Biography.
Editorial Board.
How to use the Encyclopedia.
1: Aesthetics and the Experience of Beauty.
2: Altered and Exceptional States of Consciousness.
3: Animal Consciousness.
4: Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness.
5: Attention: Change Blindness and Inattentional Blindness.
6: Attention: Selective Attention and Consciousness.
7: Autobiographical Memory and Consciousness.
8: Automaticity and Consciousness.
9: Bistable Perception and Consciousness.
10: Blindsight.
11: Brain Basis of Voluntary Control.
12: Cognitive Theories of Consciousness.
13: Coma, Persistent Vegetative States, and Diminished Consciousness.
14: Concepts and Definitions of Consciousness.
15: Conscious and Unconscious Control of Spatial Action.
16: Consciousness and Memory in Amnesia.
17: Consciousness of Time and the Time of Consciousness.
18: The Control of Mnemonic Awareness.
19: Development: Consciousness From Birth to Adulthood.
20: Emotion and Consciousness.
21: Ethical Implications: Pain, Coma, and Related Disorders.
22: Folk Theories of Consciousness.
23: Free Will.
24: Functions of Consciousness.
25: General Anesthesia.
26: Habit, Action, and Consciousness.
27: History of Consciousness Science.
28: History of Philosophical Theories of Consciousness.
29: Hypnosis and Suggestion.
30: Implicit Learning and Implicit Memory.
31: Implicit Social Cognition.
32: Inner Speech and Consciousness.
33: An Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness.
34: Intentionality and Consciousness.
35: Intuition, Creativity, and Unconscious Aspects of Problem Solving.
36: Language and Consciousness.
1: Memory: Errors, Constructive Processes, and Conscious Retrieval.
2: Memory: Procedural Memory, Skill, Perceptual-Motor Learning, and Awareness.
3: Mental Representation and Consciousness.
4: Meta-Awareness.
5: The Mind-Body Problem.
6: Mind Wandering and Other Lapses.
7: Neglect and Balint's Syndrome.
8: The Neural Basis of Perceptual Awareness.
9: Neurobiological Theories of Consciousness.
10: The Neurochemistry of Consciousness.
11: Neuroscience of Volition and Action.
12: Perception, Action, and Consciousness.
13: Perception: Subliminal and Implicit.
14: Perception: The Binding Problem and the Coherence of Perception.
15: Perception: Unconscious Influences on Perceptual Interpretation.
16: Phenomenology of Consciousness.
17: Philosophical Accounts of Self-Awareness and Introspection.
18: The Placebo Response.
19: Psychoactive Drugs and Alterations to Consciousness.
20: Psychodynamic Theories of the Unconscious.
21: Psychopathology and Consciousness.
22: Religious Experience: Psychology and Neurology.
23: Self: Body Awareness and Self-Awareness.
24: Self: Personal Identity.
25: Self: The Unity of Self, Self-Consistency.
26: Sensory and Immediate Memory.
27: Sleep: Dreaming Data and Theories.
28: Sleep: Implications for Theories of Dreaming and Consciousness.
29: Social Foundations of Consciousness.
30: A Social Neuroscience Approach to Intergroup Perception and Evaluation.
31: Subjectivity; First- and Third-Person Methodologies.
32: Theory of Mind (Neural Basis).
33: Unconscious Cognition.
34: Unconscious Goals and Motivation.
35: Visual Experience and Immediate Memory.
36: Visual Imagery and Consciousness.
37: William James on the Mind and Its Fringes.
Subject Index.