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The Neuronal Basis of Consciousness (Caltech). Instructor: Professor Christof Koch. This course is concerned with the correlates of consciousness in the brain.

. The course focuses on the anatomy, physiology and psychology of sensory consciousness in the mammalian brain, in particular visual perception. Other topics include coma and other disturbances of consciousness, clinical case studies (e.g., prosopagnosia, neglect), attention, memory, zombie systems, free will and some philosophical questions of interest to the student of consciousness.

They are organized into 16 lectures, each about one hour. They follow the textbook by the lecturer, Christof Koch (with much help from his close colleague and mentor, Francis Crick), "The Quest for Consciousness - A Neurobiological Approach."

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  • Lecture 01 – Prolegomenon to the Study of Consciousness Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Neurons, the Atoms of Perception Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – The First Steps in Seeing Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Primary Visual Cortex Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Neuronal Correlates of Consciousness Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Architecture of Cortex and Going Beyond Visual Cortex Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Attention and Consciousness Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – The Neuronal Underpinnings of Attention Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Memories and Consciousness Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – The Zombie Within Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Clinical Evidence for Zombie Agents Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – The Function of Consciousness Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – On Time and Consciousness Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – When the Mind Flips Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Splitting the Brain Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – A Framework for Consciousness Unlimited

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