The Unity of Consciousness: Binding, Integration, and Dissociation

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Consciousness has many elements, from sensory experiences such as vision, audition, and bodily sensation, to nonsensory aspects such as volition, emotion, memory, and thought. The apparent unity of these elements is striking; all are presented to us as experiences of a single subject, and all seem to be contained within a unified field of experience. But this apparent unity raises many questions. How do diverse systems in the brain co-operate to produce a unified experience? Are there conditions under which this unity breaks down? Is conscious experience really unified at all?
In recent years, these questions have been addressed by researchers in many fields, including, neurophysiologists and computational modellers, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, and philosophy. With chapters from some of the leading thinkers on consciousness, this is a thought-provoking book that attempts to answer some of the big questions.

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Axel Cleeremans is in the Department of Psychology, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

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The book may be most useful for illustrating the breadth of approaches applied to the unity of consciousness and the different levels at which the concept can be considered. It offers few solid conclusions but raises many questions. Overall, there is much that is stimulating and thought provoking, and anyone with an interest in consciousness will find something worth reading. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 18

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