Consciousness

A Mathematical Treatment of the Global Neuronal Workspace Model

  • Rodrick Wallace

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Pages 7-28
  3. Pages 59-82
  4. Pages 103-113
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 115-116

About this book

Introduction

"This book brings together the fundamental ideas of information theory and the statistical mechanics of phase transitions within the context of the neurosciences, culture, immunology and socio-psychological studies. Outlined is a program pertaining to a dynamic and semantic extension of current models for the global neuronal workspace as were previously introduced by Baars, Dretske and others. Topics include original applications of rate distortion and large deviations theory, biological renormalization, and retinal tuning as means towards understanding consciousness on the large scale. The overall treatment is concise, has been well thought out, and the mathematical details should be accessible to both students and researchers in the cognitive and life sciences."

- James Glazebrook Ph.D, Eastern Illinois University, USA

Keywords

behavior cognition information theory language neural networks neuroscience psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Rodrick Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.Epidemiology of Mental Disorders Research DepartmentNew York Psychiatric InstituteNew York

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b106970
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-25242-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-25244-5