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  • Series: Cognition Special Issue
  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: MIT/Elsevier (May 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262541319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262541312
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stanislas Dehaene is Director of Research at INSERM's Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, Paris.

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Stanislas Dehaene is a French psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist. He is currently heading the Cognitive NeuroImaging Unit within the NeuroSpin building of the Commissariat A l'Energie Atomique in Saclay near Paris, France's most advanced brain imaging center. He is also a professor at College de France in Paris, where he holds the newly created chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology. In 2005, he was elected as the youngest member of the French Academy of Sciences.

Stanislas Dehaene's interests concern the brain mechanisms of specifically human cognitive functions such as language, calculation, and conscious reasoning. His research relies on a variety of experimental methods, including mental chronometry in normal subjects, cognitive analyses of brain-lesioned patients, and brain-imaging studies with positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and high-density recordings of event-related potentials. Formal models of minimal neuronal networks are also devised and simulated in an attempt to throw some links between molecular, physiological, imaging, and behavioral data.

Stanislas Dehaene's main scientific contributions include the study of the organization of the cerebral system for number processing. Using converging evidence from PET, ERPs, fMRI, and brain lesions, Stanislas Dehaene demonstrated the central role played by a region of the intraparietal sulcus in understanding quantities and arithmetic (the "number sense"). He was also the first to demonstrate that subliminal presentations of words can yield detectable cortical activations in fMRI, and has used these data to support an original theory of conscious and nonconscious processing in the human brain. With neurologist Laurent Cohen, he studied the neural networks of reading and demonstrated the crucial role of the left occipito-temporal region in word recognition (the "visual word form area").

Stanislas Dehaene is the author of over 190 scientific publications in major international journals. He has received several international prizes including the McDonnell Centennial Fellowship, the Louis D prize of the French Academy of Sciences (with D. Lebihan), and the Heineken prize in Cognitive Science from the Royal Academy of the Netherlands. He has published an acclaimed book The number sense, which has been translated in eight languages, and is publishing a new book Reading in the brain, to appear in November 2009. He has also edited three books on brain imaging, consciousness, and brain evolution, and has authored two general-audience documentaries on the human brain.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Camara on June 30, 2002
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Along with Neural Correlates of Consciousness, this is the best book on consciousness yet. Nowhere else will you read anything that gets as close at explaining consciousness scientifically. Its main theme is the workspace theory, in neuropychological, cognitive, philosophical and neurobiological terms. Anyone familiar will notice how naturally this theory follows work done in the last 7 years on the science of consciousness. The theory is simple: conscious representations get their content from diverse modules, but this is not enough. The representations are made available globally to other modules. Synchronization attention,and spatial context help carry this out. Parietal, Frontal and probably cingular cortices are essential in this stage. Consciousness is the global availability of information through the distribuited workspace.
So in all,there is a consensus as to the adequacy of this theory. in quick review of literature, we have Edelman (2000)(Universe of Consciousness) who proposes a dynamc core distribuited in the thalamocortical system, coheherent activity in a sort of workspace. Singer (2000)(paper in NCOC)who postulates that neuronal assemblies are distribuited and accessible to many modules. Lumer(1998), Rees (1999)(papers in NCOC and journals) who find that consciousness is correlate with activity not only in sensory cortex, but parietal and frontal areas- that is, distribuited activity, in a global workspace. Baars (A cognitive theory of consicousness) of course has argued for global workspace theory for years. Papers by Kjaer (2001), Beck(2001), who also find similar evidence, etc.....
The book has 8 papers, every one a jewel.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nick M. Bentley on December 20, 2004
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This excellent book, written more for experts than for laymen, consists of eight closely linked papers, six written by cognitive neuroscientists, the remaining two by philosophers. Its primary raison d'etre is to discuss the relation between a human's response to his environment and his consciousness of it. It seems that we can muster certain responses to stimuli ONLY when we are conscious of those stimuli, but that other kinds of responses don't require consciousness. It seems to follow that the brain states accompanying consciousness of particular events are capable of executing functions that other brain states cannot. If true, this fact will help us to identify WHAT consciousness-producing brain-states look like, which is currently one of the chief goals of consciousness research. Speculation along these lines is provided. However, we need to know more about which behaviors only occur when consciousness is present. Further, many experiments will remain difficult to interpret until we understand better the relationship between conscious experiences and experimental subjects' reports ABOUT those experiences on which investigators rely for evidence. What happens if a subject sometimes reports having been conscious of an event when he wasn't, or vice versa? How can we verify/rule out that such things happen? Methodological issues along these lines are also discussed.

The main ideas presented in this book have been around for a long time, but until recently experiments allowing us verify/refine them, have been few and far between. In the last decade, as consciousness research has become a legitimate discipline, and as neuroscience research has exploded in general, the situation has improved, due in part to the research described here.
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