Summary of Consciousness and the Brain

Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts

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Consciousness and the Brain book summary
A thorough overview of contemporary scientific thought regarding consciousness.


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Eminent researcher Stanislas Dehaene, an expert on the cognitive neuroscience of language and number processing, synthesizes decades of scientific exploration into the nature of human consciousness. He presents complex concepts in exceptionally lucid language. Dehaene accesses the vital issue of consciousness by integrating art, philosophy and daily life into his discussion. getAbstract believes his analysis will challenge and enlighten anyone interested in thinking, consciousness, human nature or how science addresses subtle, subjective phenomena.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How consciousness works,
  • How perception and consciousness relate, and
  • What elements make up the functions and implications of consciousness.


Thinking About Thinking
How do people talk, think and reflect on their actions? The idea of the mind and body split goes back to Plato. Descartes gave this separation its most explicit form, “dualism.” For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, understanding of the mind lagged behind other...
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About the Author

A premier researcher in the cognitive neuroscience of language and number processing and a winner of the million-dollar Brain Prize, Stanislas Dehaene is a director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in Saclay, France, and the author of The Number Sense and Reading in the Brain.

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