- Hardcover: 748 pages
- Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 2 edition (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393977773
- ISBN-13: 978-0393977776
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
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About the Author
Michael Gazzaniga (Ph.D., California Institute of Technology) has held positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara; New York University; the State University of New York, Stony Brook; Cornell University Medical College; and the University of California, Davis. Currently, he is the David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College. Richard Ivry (Ph.D., University of Oregon) has held positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and now at the University of California, Berkeley. George Mangun (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) has taught at Dartmouth Medical School and is now at Duke University.
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Additional supplementary materials on the same topic (i.e. the brain is made up of a constellation of independent or semi-independent agents) are the following books:
1) Psychological automatism: Essay of experimental psychology on the lower forms of human activity (French “L'automatisme psychologique: essai de psychologie expérimentale sur les formes inférieures de l'activité humaine”). Pierre Marie Félix Janet. 1889.
2) On the Psychology and Pathology of So-Called Occult Phenomena. (German “Zur Psychologie und Pathologie sogenannter occulter Phanomene”). Carl Gustav Jung. 1903.
3) The Red Book. (or “Liber Novus” “The New Book”). Carl Gustav Jung. 1913-1917, book published in 2009.
4) In Search of the Miraculous. Fragments of an Unknown Teaching. Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii (rus. Пётр Демьянович Успенский) 1915 (book published in 1992).
5) Analytical Psychology. Carl Gustav Jung. 1935, book published in 2014.
6) The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry. Henri Frédéric Ellenberger. 1970
7) The Origin of Consciousness in the Break-Down of the Bicameral Mind. Julian Jaynes. 1976.
8) Divided Consciousness: Multiple Controls in Human Thought and Action. Ernest Ropiequet "Jack" Hilgard. 1977 (original), 1986 (expanded edition).
9) The Integrated Mind. Michael S. Gazzaniga, Joseph E. LeDoux. 1978.
10) The Social Brain. Discovering the Networks of the Mind. Michael S. Gazzaniga. 1985.
11) The Society of Mind. Marvin Minsky. 1988
12) Evolution of Consciousness: The Origins of the Way We Think. Robert Ornstein. 1992.
13) Beyond the Conscious Mind. Unlocking the Secrets of the Self. Thomas R. Blakeslee. 1996.
14) Who’s in charge? Michael S. Gazzaniga. 2011.
15) The Phase. A Practical Guidebook. Michael Raduga (rus. Михаил Радуга). 2011.
16) Conscious Evolution 2.0. or what the Bible, alien abductions and near-death experiences all have in common? Michael Raduga. (rus. Михаил Радуга). 2011.
17) The Future of the Mind. Michio Kaku. 2014
18) Tales from Both Sides of the Brain. A Life in Neuroscience. Michael S. Gazzaniga. 2015.
The best of these above mentioned books is the book “Beyond the Conscious Mind. Unlocking the Secrets of the Self” by Thomas R. Blakeslee (1996).
Beyond the Conscious Mind: Unlocking the Secrets of the Self
The ideas presented in the book “Cognitive Neuroscience. The Biology of the Mind” are further developed in “Neurocluster Brain Model” which analyses the processes in the brain from the point of view of the computer science.
The brain is a massively parallel computing machine which means that different areas of the brain process the information independently from each other.
Just a small sample of some of the questions that arise from the reading of the book include:
1. What is the cause of akinetopsia, i.e. loss of motion perception?
2. What is the relationship between learning and memory?
3. How limited is short-term memory and where are sensory memories stored?
4. Why were `working memory' models proposed and what evidence is there to support them?
5. What is the difference between declarative and nondeclarative memories?
6. What is the connection between amnesia and the medial temporal lobe?
7. Just how accurate are the experimental techniques of PET and fMRI?
8. Is damage to the hippocampus sufficient to block the formation of new long-term memories?
9. Does damage to the medial temporal lobe and diencephalic memory systems affect both episodic and semantic memory?
10. What brain systems support procedural memory?
11. Is there any evidence that brain lesions can affect the perceptual representation system but leaving the declarative memory untouched?
12. How much is known about the molecular mechanisms of synaptic strengthening in long-term potentiation?
13. Just how much is known about the neural organization of language?
14. What evidence is there for domain-specific knowledge systems that are evolutionarily adapted?
15. What is the nature of the segmentation problem and what is its relevance in the neuronal modeling of language use and acquisition?
16. Is reading represented by a specialized input system?
17. What are the differences between the modular and interactive models of language comprehension?
18. What evidence is there for the garden-path model of syntactic analysis?
19. What is the nature of agrammatic aphasia and what causes it?
20. What is semantic paraphasia what causes it?
21. What is the nature of Broca's aphasia?
22. What connection, if any, is there between the size of the corpus callosum and autism?
23. Why, from an evolutionary perspective, is it advantageous to have hemispheric specialization?
24. How does the frequency hypothesis explain hemispheric asymmetries in visual perception?
25. How effective are the computational models of visual system?
26. What experiments indicate that cortical cell number cannot by itself fully explain human intelligence?
27. In contrast to nonhuman animals, why do humans try to find patterns in sequences of events, even though they are informed explicitly that the sequences are random?
28. What evidence exists for a `generative assembling device' in the left hemisphere?
29. How are movement plans represented?
30. What is the function of "mirror cells?"
31. To what degree does learning play in producing purposeful actions?
32. Do representations within the motor cortex change as a function of practice?
33. What is the timing hypothesis of the role of the cerebellum in motor learning?
34. What causes Parkinson's disease?
35. What are the executive functions?
36. What is the difference between working memory and associative memory?
37. How is information activated and maintained in working memory?
38. What is the nature of recency memory?
39. What is the dynamic filtering mechanism and what experimental evidence is there to support it?
40. What are schema control units and what role do they play in response selection?
41. How can emotion be defined in order to carry out a neuroscientific science of emotion?
42. What role does the amygdala play in the processing of emotional stimuli?
43. Are the neural systems of emotion and cognition independent? Interdependent?
44. What is a somatic marker and what role does it play in decision-making?
45. What neural systems are responsible for controlling facial expressions?
46. What is genetic specificity and genetic pleiotropy?
47. How can one determine whether a neuronal structure or behavior is functionally significant to the organism in the environment to which is adapted or whether it is an epiphenomenon of evolution?
48. What is the role, if any, of subconscious processing?
49. What is the nature of access-consciousness?
50. How close are neuroscientists to a science of consciousness?