The Psychobiology of Consciousness

  • Julian M. Davidson
  • Richard J. Davidson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-xvii
  2. Seymour M. Antelman, Anthony R. Caggiula
    Pages 65-104
  3. Monte S. Buchsbaum, Elliot S. Gershon
    Pages 147-168
  4. Kenneth S. Pope, Jerome L. Singer
    Pages 169-191
  5. William T. Powers
    Pages 217-242
  6. Julian M. Davidson
    Pages 271-332
  7. Gordon Globus, Stephen Franklin
    Pages 465-481
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 483-489

About this book


CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE BRAIN SELF-REGULATION PARADOX The relationship of consciousness to biology has intrigued mankind thoroughout recorded history. However, little progress has been made not only in understanding these issues but also in raising fundamental questions central to the problem. As Davidson and Davidson note in their introduction, William James suggested, almost a century ago in his Principles of Psychology, that the brain was the organ of mind and be­ havior. James went so far as to suggest that the remainder of the Principles was but a "footnote" to this central thesis. This volume brings together diverse biobehavioral scientists who are addressing the various aspects of the mindlbrainlbodylbehavior issue. Although some of the authors have previously published together in other volumes, by and large the particular combination of authors and topics selected by the editors makes this volume unique and timely. Unlike the Consciousness and Self-Regulation series (Schwartz & Shapiro, 1976, 1978), also published by Plenum, this volume is devoted entirely to a psychobiological approach to consciousness. Although readers will differ in their interest in specific chapters, the well-rounded investigator who is concerned with the psychobiology of consciousness will want to become intimately acquainted with all the views presented in this volume. As noted by the individual contributors, the topic of this volume stimulates fundamental questions which, on the surface, may appear trivial, yet, on further reflection, turn out to have deep significance.


Arousal The Conscious Trance attention brain central nervous system cognition dopamine electroencephalography (EEG) emotion information processing memory mind psychology psychopharmacology

Editors and affiliations

  • Julian M. Davidson
    • 1
  • Richard J. Davidson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyState University of New York at PurchasePurchaseUSA

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