Consciousness Transitions: Phylogenetic, Ontogenetic, and Physiological Aspects

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Hans Liljenström, Peter Århem
Elsevier, 2008 - Psychology - 335 pages
It was not long ago when the consciousness was not considered a problem for science. However, this has now changed and the problem of consciousness is considered the greatest challenge to science. In the last decade, a great number of books and articles have been published in the field, but very few have focused on the how consciousness evolves and develops, and what characterizes the transitions between different conscious states, in animals and humans. This book addresses these questions. Renowned researchers from different fields of science (including neurobiology, evolutionary biology, ethology, cognitive science, computational neuroscience and philosophy) contribute with their results and theories in this book, making it a unique collection of the state-of-the-art of this young field of consciousness studies.

  • First book on the topic
  • Focus on different levels of consciousness, including: Evolutionary, developmental, and functional
  • Highly interdisciplinary

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About the author (2008)

Hans Liljenström is Professor at the Department of Biometry and Engineering, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden. His main research concerns mathematical and computational modelling of biological/neural systems and processes at different organisational scales. He has a long-standing interest in the brain-mind relation, and has co-edited several books and special issues on this topic.

Peter Århem is Professor at the Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology and Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. His research covers philosophical and neurophysiological aspects on the brain-mind problem, electrophysiological, biophysical, molecular and theoretical aspects on anesthesia and nerve cell function. Beside scientific articles he has also published on cultural and philosophical matters for a wider public.

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