Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness

Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness

Edited by Bernard J. Baars, William P. Banks and James B. Newman

A Bradford Book





Consciousness is at the very core of the human condition. Yet only in recent decades has it become a major focus in the brain and behavioral sciences. Scientists now know that consciousness involves many levels of brain functioning, from brainstem to cortex. The almost seventy articles in this book reflect the breadth and depth of this burgeoning field. The many topics covered include consciousness in vision and inner speech, immediate memory and attention, waking, dreaming, coma, the effects of brain damage, fringe consciousness, hypnosis, and dissociation.

Underlying all the selections are the questions, What difference does consciousness make? What are its properties? What role does it play in the nervous system? How do conscious brain functions differ from unconscious ones? The focus of the book is on scientific evidence and theory. The editors have also chosen introductory articles by leading scientists to allow a wide variety of new readers to gain insight into the field.


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Bernard J. Baars

Bernard J. Baars is Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego.

William P. Banks

William P. Banks is Professor of Psychology at Pomona College and editor-in-chief of the journal Consciousness and Cognition.

James B. Newman

The late James B. Newman was a member of the Department of Psychology at the Colorado Neurological Institute.


  • Baars, Banks, and Newman have assembled the most important scientific work on consciousness of the last few decades, from modern classics to ground-breaking research. There is hardly a pivotal work or central topic not represented in this comprehensive volume. Nobody now working on consciousness will want to be without this splendid collection, both for the work it contains and the balanced, thoughtful overview it affords.

    David M. Rosenthal

    Philosophy and Cognitive Science, City University of New York, Graduate Center

  • This book heralds the true renaissance that the scientific study of consciousness has now initiated. These papers will inspire a new generation of students who will build on the novel technologies, concepts, and data provided here.

    J. Allan Hobson

    Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

  • This is a stunning collection of both foundational and cutting-edge works on the nature and functions of consciousness. The editors have provided an invaluable service by pulling together an enormous range of material allowing readers to appreciate in depth the many facets of this fascinating phenomenon. After the publication of this book no one ever again can reasonably question whether consciousness is an appropriate topic for scientific research.

    S. M. Kosslyn

    John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Harvard University

  • This book does not simply serve as an invaluable resource for researchers in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, emotion, personality psychology, motivation, perception, social psychology, and related fields—it also defines the new field of social neuroscience in the most effective way, by example. No library should be without this superb collection.

    Stephen M. Kosslyn

    John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Harvard University