Since , he is a member of the Academy of Finland. He is also the European Editor of the journal Consciousness and Cognition. Dreaming as a model of consciousness[ edit ] According to Revonsuo, the dreaming brain is particularly suitable model system for the study of consciousness because it generates a conscious experience while being isolated from both sensory input and motor output. Accordingly, dreams are conscious experiences, which occur without any perceptual stimuli, and, conversely, perceptual input does not automatically engender conscious experience. Though their eyes were open, and the perceptual input was accessible, the subjects could not see the stimuli and did not report dreaming of it. It is the brain that is having the internal experience, independent of perceptual input.
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He employs a crystal clear language and organizes his paragraphs and introduction of very diverse philosophical and empirical theories in an explanatory order.
The shortness of the paragraphs makes it easy to digest new information. This is further aided by the short summaries and enumeration of discussion questions at the end of each chapter and the glossary at the end of the book. All of this makes this an excellent introduction in the study of subjectivity for the beginning student, but equally so for the conference participants in the big interdisciplinary conferences on consciousness.
Kihlstrom, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley "This book provides a major new discussion of consciousness, suitable for a wide range of readers. It is written in an admirably clear and scholarly way, and covers a wide range of issues thrown up by recent philosophical, psychological and neuroscientific research on consciousness.
It would be excellent as a primary text for many introductory courses on consciousness, and I think this book will quickly become a major text in the area. Students will particularly like the range and the inclusion of chapters on altered states, hypnosis and meditation, etc. He has been conducting research on consciousness since the early s and has directed an undergraduate degree programme on consciousness studies since He is best known for his evolutionary-psychological theory of dreaming, the threat-simulation theory.
Background of the Science of Consciousness. The Philosophical Foundations of Consciousness Science. The Historical Foundations of Consciousness Science. The Conceptual Foundations of Consciousness Science. Part 2. Neuropsychological Deficits of Visual Consciousness. Neuropsychological Dissociations of Visual Consciousness from Behaviour. Neuropsychological Disorders of Self-Awareness. Part 3.
Studies on the Neural Basis of Consciousness as a State. Studies on the Neural Basis of Visual Consciousness. Part 4.
Philosophical Theories of Consciousness. Empirical Theories of Consciousness. Part 5. Dreaming and Sleep. Higher States of Consciousness. Epilogue: Reflections on the Science of Subjective Experience.
Consciousness : the science of subjectivity
Consciousness: The Science of Subjectivity