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Author Klemm, W. R. (William Robert), 1934-

Title Mental biology : the new science of how the brain and mind relate / by W.R. Klemm.

Publication Info. Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    612.82 KLE    Available
Description 288 pages : illustration : 23cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. In the beginning -- From "big bang" to big ideas -- Victim of biology and circumstance? -- 2. How brains work -- Neural networks : the architecture of complex systems -- Topographical mapping -- The brain's currency -- The nature of thought -- The binding problem -- Oscillation -- The brain's three minds -- On being awake -- Consciousness is in the brain -- The context of self -- Origin of the sense of self -- Who and what am I? -- Neuroplasticity : changing mind by changing brain -- 3. The nature of consciousness -- Conscious sense of self -- Mass action, brain size, and consciousness -- Causes of consciousness -- Brainstem trigger of wakefulness -- Learning how to be conscious -- CIP basis of consciousness -- Synchronization -- The "hard problem" -- Conscious thought -- How we think when conscious -- Working memory biology -- Consolidation of working memory -- "Thoughtless" habits and compulsions -- Different states of consciousness -- Distorted conscious states -- Where mind goes when we sleep -- Memorizing in our sleep -- Activated sleep -- 4. Does consciousness do anything? -- Why are we conscious? -- The value of consciousness -- Agency -- The brain's avatar -- Avatar supporting evidence -- Why have avatars? -- Unleashing the avatar -- How the avatar knows it knows -- The avatar's artifacts -- Avatars learn and teach -- Are we free or are we robots? -- How choices/decisions are made -- The biological robot argument -- Roboticist research and its critique -- Examples of apparently conscious-driven action -- The purpose-filled life of consciously driven action -- The role of learning and memory in conscious choice -- Robotocism in religion and politics -- What consciousness does -- Directing attention -- Learning -- Explicitness promotes memory -- Introspection -- Language -- Reasoning -- Consciousness promotes better decisions -- Creativity -- Reprogramming conscious-self dysfunction -- Personal growth -- Personal responsibility -- Belief -- The avatar's "new" genetics -- 5. To beyond? -- "Spooky" science : hidden realities -- Near-death experiences -- Living the life we were meant to live -- Perspectives on science and the mind's odyssey.
Summary A leading neuroscientist offers the latest research and many new ideas on the connections between brain circuitry and conscious experience.
Subject Brain
Mind and body
ISBN 9781616149444 (pbk.)
1616149442 (pbk.)
9781616149451 (ebook)

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