States of Consciousness: Experimental Insights into Meditation, Waking, Sleep and Dreams

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Dean Cvetkovic, Irena Cosic
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 22, 2011 - Medical - 282 pages
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In this accessible overview of current knowledge, an expert team of editors and authors describe experimental approaches to consciousness. These approaches are shedding light on some of the hitherto unknown aspects of the distinct states of human consciousness, including the waking state, different states of sleep and dreaming, meditation and more. The book presents the latest research studies by the contributing authors, whose specialities span neuroscience, neurology, biomedical engineering, clinical psychology and psychophysiology, psychosocial medicine and anthropology. Overall this anthology provides the reader with a clear picture of how different states of consciousness can be defined, experimentally measured and analysed. A future byproduct of this knowledge may be anticipated in the development of systematic corrective treatments for many disorders and pathological problems of consciousness.
 

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Contents

Introduction to States of Consciousness
1
Disorders of Consciousness Coma Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States
29
Codons of Consciousness Neurological Characteristics of Ordinary and Pathological States of Consciousness
57
Dream Consciousness and Sleep Physiology
93
Dream Therapy Correlation of Dream Contents with Encephalographic and Cardiovascular Activations
109
The Substrate That Dreams Are Made On An Evaluation of Current Neurobiological Theories of Dreaming
133
Sleep Onset Process as an Altered State of Consciousness
157
Brain Rate as an Indicator of the Level of Consciousness
187
On Physiological Bases of States of Expanded Consciousness
203
States of Consciousness Beyond Waking Dreaming and Sleeping Perspectives from Research on Meditation Experiences
223
Ethno Therapy Music and Trance An EEG Investigation into a SoundT
235
States of Consciousness Redefined as Patterns of Phenomenal Properties An Experimental Application
257
Index
273
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