The Lost Self

The Lost Self : Pathologies of the Brain and Identity

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The Lost Self: Pathologies of the Brain and Identity is an in-depth exploration of one of the most mysterious and controversial topics in neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry and psychology - namely, the search for the biological basis of the self. The book is a guide to understanding how the brain creates who we are, and what happens when things go wrong. For the first time in a single volume, some of the foremost experts in the fields of philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, neurology, and psychology join together to explore the neurobiology of the self. They first lay the foundation for an understanding of the topic. Then they provide fascinating and detailed accounts of how the self is transformed in patients with brain lesions, autism, and dementia, as well as drug induced states, during meditation and while dreaming. Their analysis of these disorders and states is used as a springboard toward a deeper understanding of how a brain creates a self. This fascinating volume will be invaluable to neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and philosophers of mind, and to their students and trainees.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.2 x 22.9mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 6 halftones, numerous figures and 4 tables
  • 0195173414
  • 9780195173413
  • 1,658,319

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Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. The Self as a Problem in Philosophy and Neurobiology ; 3. The Cognitive Neuroscience of the Self: Insights from Functional Neuroimaging of the Normal Brain ; 4. Neural Hierarchies and the Self ; 5. The Frontal Lobes and Self-Awareness ; 6. Autobiographical Disorders ; 7. Body Image and the Self ; 8. Right Hemisphere Pathology and the Self: Delusional Misidentification and Reduplication ; 9. The Mirror Sign Delusional Misidentification Symptom ; 10. Disorders of the Self in Dementia ; 11. Autism - 'autos': Literally, a Total Focus on the Self? ; 12. Recognizing the Sensory Consequences of One's own Actions and Delusions of Control ; 13. The Neurological Correlates of Depersonalization: A Disorder of Self-Awareness ; 14. The Self in Dreams ; 15. Psychoactive Agents and the Self ; 16. Meditation and the Self ; 17. The Enduring Self: A First Person Account of Brain Insult Survivalshow more

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