Models of Brain and Mind: Physical, Computational and Psychological Approaches

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Rahul Banerjee, Bikas K. Chakrabarti
Elsevier, 2008 M02 14 - 350 pages
The phenomenon of consciousness has always been a central question for philosophers and scientists. Emerging in the past decade are new approaches to the understanding of consciousness in a scientific light. This book presents a series of essays by leading thinkers giving an account of the current ideas prevalent in the scientific study of consciousness. The value of the book lies in the discussion of this interesting though complex subject from different points of view ranging from physics and computer science to the cognitive sciences. Reviews of controversial ideas related to the philosophy of mind from western and eastern sources including classical Indian first person methodologies provide a breadth of coverage that has seldom been attempted in a book before. Additionally, chapters relating to the new approaches in computational modeling of higher order cognitive function and consciousness are included. The book is of great value for established as well as young researchers from a wide cross-section of interdisciplinary scientific backgrounds, aiming to pursue research in this field, as well as an informed public.

* Presents the latest developments in the scientific study of consciousness
* Critically reviews different theoretical and philosophical explanations related to the subject
* An important book for both students and researchers in designing research projects on consciousness

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Chapter 1 How to separate conceptual issues from empirical ones in the study of consciousness
Chapter 2 The disunity of consciousness
the radical plasticity thesis
Chapter 4 A higher order Bayesian decision theory of consciousness
Chapter 5 Subjective measures of unconscious knowledge
Chapter 6 Interdependence of attention and consciousness
Chapter 7 Computational studies of consciousness
evidence from patients with focal brain lesions
Chapter 13 Neural network modeling
Chapter 14 A simple Hopfieldlike cellular network model of plant intelligence
Chapter 15 Retinomorphic image processing
Chapter 16 Modeling the subcellular signaling pathways involved in reinforcement learning at the striatum
new insights from a computational analysis
a brief summary with examples
the Buddhas tool to probe mind and body
Chapter 20 Buddha and the bridging relations

Chapter 9 Thinking is believing
an evolutionary computational and philosophical approach
Chapter 11 Dynamic geometry brain function modeling and consciousness
hierarchical network structure underlying nervous system function in C elegans
Subject Index
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Dr. Rahul Banerjee is the Director of the LNM Institute of Information Technology (LNM IIT), Jaipur where he is also a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering. He holds a PhD in Computer Science & Engineering in the area of Hybrid Intelligent Systems. His research and teaching interests lie in the areas of Computer Networking (Protocol engineering, QoS, Routing, Mobility, Vehicular Networking), Wearable Computing (involving non-invasive sensing, on-body computing, BAN based routing) and Ubiquitous Computing (including Internet of Things / Cyber-Physical Systems and Ambient Intelligence).

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