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 (ISBN-13: 9780511057311 | ISBN-10: 0511057318)

In recent years the clinical and cognitive sciences and neuroscience have contributed important insights to understanding the self. The neuroscientific study of the self and self-consciousness is in its infancy in terms of established models, available data and even vocabulary. However, there are neuropsychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia, in which the self becomes disordered and this aspect can be studied against healthy controls through experiment, building cognitive models of how the mind works, and imaging brain states. In this 2003 book, the first to address the scientific contribution to an understanding of the self, an eminent, international team focuses on current models of self-consciousness from the neurosciences and psychiatry. These are set against introductory essays describing the philosophical, historical and psychological approaches, making this a uniquely inclusive overview. It will appeal to a wide audience of scientists, clinicians and scholars concerned with the phenomenology and psychopathology of the self.

• First book to encompass an extensive review of current scientific and clinical approaches to consciousness and self-consciousness • Focuses on pathological states of self-consciousness, such as in schizophrenia and disordered mental states • Written by an international team of leading experts from the fields of neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology and the philosophy of science


Introduction: the self and neuroscience Tilo Kircher and Anthony David; Part A. Conceptual Background: 1. The self and psychiatry German Berrios and Ivana S. Marková; 2. The self in philosophy, neuroscience and psychiatry Georg Northoff and Alexander Heinzel; 3. Phenomenology of self Dan Zahavi; 4. Language and self-consciousness Maxim Stamenov; Part B. Cognitive and Neurosciences: 5. Multiplicity of consciousness and the emergence of self Gerard O'Brien and Jon Opie; 6. Asynchrony; implicational meaning and the experience of self in schizophrenia Philip Barnard; 7. Self-awareness, social intelligence and schizophrenia Gordon Gallup, James Anderson and Steven Platek; 8. The neural correlates of self-awareness and self-recognition Julian Paul Keenan, Mark Wheeler and Michael Ewers; 9. Autonoëtic consciousness Hans Markovitsch; 10. The neural nature of the core self Jaak Panksepp; Part C. Disturbances of the Self: The Case of Schizophrenia: i. Phenomenology: 11. Self and schizophrenia: a neuropsychological perspective Josef Parnas; 12. Schizophrenia, self-disturbance and the intentional arc Louis Sass; 13. The self-experience of schizophrenics Christian Scharfetter; ii. Social Psychology: 14. The paranoid self Richard Bentall; 15. Schizophrenia and the narrative self James Phillips; 16. Self-narrative in schizophrenia Shaun Gallagher; iii. Clinical Neuroscience: 17. Schizophrenia as disturbance of the self construct Kai Vogeley; 18. Action recognition in normal and schizophrenic subjects Marc Jeannerod et al; 19. Disorders of self-monitoring and the symptoms of schizophrenia Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Chris Frith; 20. Hearing voices or hearing the self in disguise? Cynthia Fu and Philip McGuire; 21. The cognitive neuroscience of agency in schizophrenia Henrik Walter and Manfred Spitzer; 22. Self-consciousness: an integrative approach from philosophy, psychopathology and the neurosciences Tilo Kircher and Anthony David; Index.


'This is a thought provoking book. Kircher and David are to be congratulated on bringing together a set of seminal contributions on which further conceptual and scientific advances in understanding the phenomena of psychosis and their relationship to the human capacity of language can be based.' Journal of Neural Neurosurgery Psychiatry

'This volume on the topic of the self offers a diversity of points of view, and it is the merit of the editors to welcome contributions from such diverse domains as the cognitive sciences, philosophy, theory and clinics of psychiatry and the neurosciences … most interesting and solid. the volume is to be recommended to anyone who is interested in the self, from a philosophical, clinical or (neuro)psychological point of view. the diversity of chapters offers richness, not confusion … this interdisciplinary volume on the self is very readable and enjoyable. We hope the future shall bring more volumes compiled in the same spirit …' Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences


Tilo Kircher, Anthony David, German Berrios, Ivana S. Marková, Georg Northoff, Alexander Heinzel, Dan Zahavi, Maxim Stamenov, Gerard O'Brien, Jon Opie, Philip Barnard, Gordon Gallup, James Anderson, Steven Platek, Julian Paul Keenan, Mark Wheeler, Michael Ewers, Hans Markovitsch, Jaak Panksepp, Josef Parnas, Louis Sass, Christian Scharfetter, Richard Bentall, James Phillips, Shaun Gallagher, Kai Vogeley, Marc Jeannerod, C. Farrer, N. Franck, P. Fourneret, A. Posada, E. Daprati, N. Georgieff, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Chris Frith, Cynthia Fu, Philip McGuire, Henrik Walter, Manfred Spitzer

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