Understanding consciousness is the major unsolved problem in biology. One increasingly important method of studying consciousness is to study disorders of consciousness, e.g. brain damage and disease states leading to vegetative states, coma, minimally conscious states, etc. Many of these studies are very much in the public eye because of their relationship to controversies about coma patients (e.g. Terry Schiavo case in the US recently), and the relationship to one of the major philosophical, sociological, political, and religious questions of humankind.
This is the first book to summarize our current understanding of the neuroanatomical and functional underpinnings of human consciousness by emphasizing a lesional approach offered via the study of neurological patients. The selected contributors are all outstanding authors and undisputed leaders in their field.
- The first major book on the Neurology of Consciousness, i.e. on the study of brain damages and disease states that lead to varying levels of disturbances in human consciousness (vegetative, coma, minimally conscious states, etc)
- Structured, illustrated, and priced to be attractive to a wide market, including students in Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychology, Psychiatry etc
- Articles from the main researchers in the field, including Christof Koch, Marcus Raichle, Allan Hobson, Nicholas Schiff, Joseph Fins, Michael Gazzaniga, Lionel Naccache
- Unique and comprehensive in its focus
- Of great interest in the ethical discussion of coma cases, includes a chapter on the ethics by JJ Fins
- Of great interest to anybody thinking about consciousness as one of the major philosophical, sociological, political, and religious questions of our time
Researchers and graduate students in: Cognitive Neuroscience Cognitive Neurology Neuroscience Translational Neuroscience Neurology Psychiatry Neuropsychology Cognitive Psychology Clinical Psychology
"Laureys and the Liege school have shifted the paradigm in the clinical understanding of disturbed consciousness. He and Tononi have edited a ground breaking book. In this field the book to have and read next to Plum and Posner's Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma is now Laureys and Tononi. Clinicians need to be aware of the recent rapid advances in consciousness studies, many occasioned by imaging and non-invasive brain monitoring, because they will affect management of their most vulnerable patients." - Richard Frackowiak, University College London and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris "An outstandingly unique book reassembling the most recent data of the rising science of consciousness." - Jean-Pierre Changeux, College de France “Here, at last, is a survey of the way that damage to the brain alters consciousness. This volume is a well-equipped hardware shop with most of the pieces that are needed to build a state-of-the-art model of how the brain performs its most magical function, the creation of a self that sees, perceives, knows that it does so, and dares to ask how.” - Allan Hobson, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Table of Contents
Preface: Steven Laureys and Giulio Tononi 1. Consciousness: an overview of the phenomenon and of its possible neural basis Antonio Damasio and Kaspar Meyer 2. The neurological examination of consciousness: Hal Blumenfeld 3. Evaluating consciousness by measuring brain function: Steven Laureys, Joy Hirsch, Boris Kotchobey & Giulio Tononi 4. Consciousness and neural synchronization: Wolf Singer 5. Neural correlates of visual consciousness: Geraint Rees 6. The relationship between consciousness and attention: Naotsugu Tsuchiya1 and Christoph Koch WAKING, SLEEP AND ANESTHESIA 7. Intrinsic Brain Activity and Consciousness: Marcus Raichle and Abraham Z. Snyder 8. Sleep and dreaming: Giulio Tononi 9. Sleepwalking: Claudio Bassetti 10. General Anesthesia and Consciousness: Michael Alkire COMA AND RELATED CONDITIONS 11. Coma: Bryan Young 12. Brain death: James Bernat 13. The Assessment of Conscious Awareness in the Vegetative State: Adrian Owen, Nicholas Schiff & Steven Laureys 14. The Minimally Conscious State: Clinical Features, Pathophysiology and Therapeutic Implications: Joseph Giacino & Nicholas Schiff 15. Locked-in syndrome: Steven Laureys 16. Dementia : Pietro Pietrini, Paulo Nichelli & Eric Salmon 17. Brain-computer interfaces for communication in paralysed patients and implications for disorders of consciousness: Andrea Kubler 18. Neuroethics and Disorders of Consciousness: A Pragmatic Approach to Neuro-palliative Care: Joseph Fins SEIZURES, SPLITS, NEGLECTS, AND ASSORTED DISORDERS 19. Epilepsy and Consciousness: Hal Blumenfeld 20. The Left Hemisphere Does Not Miss the Right Hemisphere: Michael Gazzaniga and Michael B. Miller 21. Visual consciousness: an updated neurological tour: Lionel Naccache 22. The neurophysiology of self-awareness disorders in conversion hysteria: Patrick Vuillemier 23. Leaving body and life behind : Out-of-body and near-death experience: Olaf Blanke & Sebastian Dieguez 24. The hippocampus, memory, and consciousness: Bradley R. Postle 25. Syndromes of Transient Amnesia: Adam Zeman & Chris Butler 26. Consciousness and aphasia : Paulo Nichelli 27. Blindness and Consciousness: New Light from the Dark: Pietro Pietrini, Maurice Ptito, Ron Kupers 28. The Neurology of Consciousness: An Overview: Giulio Tononi & Steven Laureys
Author Information: Edited by Steven Laureys, University of Liege, Belgium; and Giulio Tononi, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, USA