Consciousness is one of the most significant scientific problems today. Renewed interest in the nature of consciousness - a phenomenon long considered not to be scientifically explorable, as well as increasingly widespread availability of multimodal functional brain imaging techniques (EEG, ERP, MEG, fMRI and PET), now offer the possibility of detailed, integrated exploration of the neural, behavioral, and computational correlates of consciousness. The present volume aims to confront the latest theoretical insights in the scientific study of human consciousness with the most recent behavioral, neuroimaging, electrophysiological, pharmacological and neuropathological data on brain function in altered states of consciousness such as: brain death, coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, locked-in syndrome, dementia, epilepsy, schizophrenia, hysteria, general anesthesia, sleep, hypnosis, and hallucinations. The interest of this is threefold. First, patients with altered states of consciousness continue to represent a major clinical problem in terms of clinical assessment of consciousness and daily management. Second, the exploration of brain function in altered states of consciousness represents a unique lesional approach to the scientific study of consciousness and adds to the worldwide effort to identify the "neural correlate of consciousness". Third, new scientific insights in this field have major ethical and social implications regarding our care for these patients.
Neurologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, pharmacologists, and physiologists.
The Boundaries of Consciousness: Neurobiology and Neuropathology, 1st Edition
What in the world is consciousness?
A neuroscientific approach to consciousness
Functional neuroimaging during altered states of consciousness: How and what do we measure
Global workspace theory of consciousness: Toward a cognitive neuroscience of human experience?
Skill, corporality and alerting capacity in an account of sensory consciousness
Methods for studying unconscious learning
Computational correlates of consciousness
Consciousness, information integration and the brain
Dynamics of thalamo-cortical network oscillations and human perception
From synchronous neuronal discharges to subjective awareness?
Genes and experience shape brain networks of conscious control
Visual phenomenal consciousness: A neurological guided tour
The mental self
Posterior cingulate, precuneal and retroplenial cortices: Cytology and components of the neural network correlates of consciousness
Human cognition during REM sleep and the activity profile within frontal and parietal cortices. A reappraisal of functional neuroimaging data
General anesthesia and the neural correlates of consciousness
Brain imaging in research on anesthetic mechanisms: Studies with propofol
The cognitive modulation of pain: Hypnosis and placebo-induced analgesia
Consciousness and epilepsy: Why are patients with absence seizures absent?
Two aspects of impaired consciousness in Alzhemier's disease
Functional brain imaging of symptoms and cognition in schizophrenia
Hysterical conversion and brain function
The out-of-body experience: Precipitation factors and neural correlates
Near-death experiences in cardiac arrest survivors
The concept and practice of brain death
The minimally conscious state: Defining the borders of consciousness
Behavioral evaluation of consciousness in severe brain damage
Evoked potentials in severe brain injury
Event-related potential measures of consciousness: Two equations with three unknowns
Novel aspects of the neuropathology of the vegetative state after blunt head injury
Using a hierarchical approach to investigate residual auditory cognition in persistent vegetative state
Modeling the minimally conscious state: Measurements of brain function and therapeutic possibilities
The locked-in syndrome: What is it like to be conscious but paralysed and voiceless?
Brain-computer interfaces - the key for the conscious brain locked into a paralysed body
Neural plasticity and recovery of function
30 Years of the vegetative state: Clinical, ethical and legal problems
Assessing health-related quality of life after severe brain damage: Potentials and limitations
Outcome and ethics in severe brain damage
Clinical pragmatism and the care of brain damaged patients: Towards a palliative neuroethics for disorders of consciousness