Neurochemistry of Consciousness

Neurotransmitters in mind

Elaine K. Perry | Newcastle General Hospital
Heather Ashton | Royal Victoria Infirmary
Allan H. Young | Royal Victoria Infirmary
Foreword Author
ISBN 9789027251565 (Eur) | EUR 72.00
ISBN 9781588111241 (USA) | USD 108.00
ISBN 9789027297891 | EUR 72.00 | USD 108.00
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This pioneering book explores in depth the role of neurotransmitters in conscious awareness. The central aim is to identify common neural denominators of conscious awareness, informed by the neurochemistry of natural, drug induced and pathological states of consciousness. Chemicals such as acetylcholine and dopamine, which bridge the synaptic gap between neurones, are the 'neurotransmitters in mind' that form the substance of the volume, which is essential reading for all who believe that unravelling mechanisms of consciousness must include these vital systems of the brain.

Up-to-date information is provided on:

  • Psychological domains of attention, motivation, memory, sleep and dreaming that define normal states of consciousness.
  • Effects of chemicals that alter or abolish consciousness, including hallucinogens and anaesthetics.
  • Disorders of the brain such as dementia, schizophrenia and depression considered from the novel perspective of the way these affect consciousness, and how this might relate to disturbances in neurotransmission.
(Series B)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 36]  2002.  xii, 344 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Starting with a general introduction to brain chemistry, the reader can take a journey through normal brain processes, into the world of drug-induced changes in consciousness, and finally into the chilling world of dysfunctions in consciousness. Subjects covered are truly comprehensive and of such an astonishing range, that even the dedicated brain specialist will be able to learn something, as well as the non-specialist, and gain a wonderful overview of how consciousness might take place within the brain.”
“[...] by suggesting altered neurotransmitter function this volume may underpin states of altered consciousness. It holds out the hope that these may eventually be amenable to pharmacotherapy.”
“If this book were untitled, I would conclude that it was one of the best available textbooks on basic and clinical neuropharmacology. [...] The book is part of a series on advances in consciousness research, including cognitive psychology, linguistics and neurophilosophy. If these are of the same quality this would be a mouth-wateringly interesting series of books on the neurosciences.”
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research


BIC Subject: JMT – States of consciousness
BISAC Subject: PSY020000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
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