Consciousness: States, Mechanisms and Disorders


Andrea Eugenio Cavanna, MD, PhD (Editor)
Department of Neuropsychiatry, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust The Barberry National Centre for Mental Health, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Andrea Nani (Editor)
University of Turin, Italy

Series: Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology, Psychology Research Progress

The so-called “hard problem” of consciousness, i.e. the problem of explaining how and why we have conscious experiences, has received different formulations across time. Back in 1868, Thomas Henry Huxley suggested that the mystery of consciousness resides somewhere – or somehow – in the activity of the brain. Since then, both clinical and basic neurosciences have taken the problem of consciousness seriously, joining the allied disciplines of philosophy and psychology in the seemingly insurmountable quest for consciousness. This book presents some of the latest research in the multidisciplinary field of consciousness studies, dealing with both theoretical and experimental aspects encompassing a wide range of normal and pathological states of consciousness. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The modularity of consciousness: a neurobehavioral perspective;pp. 1-14
(Andrea Nani, Andrea E. Cavanna,University of Birmingham and BSMHFT,UK and others)pp,1-14

Chapter 2. Consciousness extended: bridging informational broadcast and perceptual awareness within a comprehensive conceptualization of consciousness;pp. 15-31
(Claudia Carrara-Augustenborg, University of Copenhagen,Denmark)pp,15-32
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Chapter 3. Brain endogenous feedback and degrees of consciousness;pp. 33-53
(Claudia Carrara-Augustenborg, Alfredo Pereira Jr., University of Copenhagen,Denmark and others)pp,33-54
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Chapter 4. States of consciousness or states of phenomenology?;pp. 55-65
(Adam J. Rock, Stanley Krippner,Charles Sturt University,Australia and others)pp,55-66

Chapter 5. How do we measure the invisible? Creation and validation of the Troyer Level of Consciousness Inventory;pp.
(Jules A. Troyer,Valdosta State University,Georgia,USA)pp,67-84

Chapter 6. Autonoetic consciousness and the self;pp.
(Hans J. Markowitsch, Angelica Staniloiu,University of Bielefeld, Germany and others)pp,85-110

Chapter 7. Sense of self and consciousness: nature, origins, mechanisms, and implications;
(William R. Klemm, Neuroscience, Texas A&M University,USA)pp,111-138
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Chapter 8. The rubber hand illusion: manipulating our sense of body experience;
(Matthew A. Albrecht, Kyran Graham, Mathew T. Martin-Iverson, Flavie Waters,The University of Western Australia and others)pp,139-162

Chapter 9. A commentary on how subcortical structures influence consciousness;
(Newton Ressler,Dept. of Pathology,University of Illinois at Chicago,USA)pp,163-166

Chapter 10. Considerations in disorders of consciousness and interventions that can restore brain function
(Ralf P. Clauss,Royal Surrey County Hospital,Nuclear Medicine,UK)pp 167-176

Chapter 11. Photo-acoustic stimulation induced altered state of consciousness: a unique method for treatment of orthodontic patients;pp.
(Tibor Károly Fábián, Anita Beck, Gábor Varga, Péter Hermann, Pál Fejérdy, Gábor Fábián, Semmelweis University Budapest and others)pp,177-188

Chapter 12. “… If you’re a viper.” Consciousness states in a social pharmacology of music;
(Jörg Fachner, Finnish Centre of Excellance in Interdisciplinary Music Research, University of Jyvaskyla,Finland)pp,189-206

Index pp,223-237

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