Single-Neuron Theory of Consciousness

Sevush, Steven (2004) Single-Neuron Theory of Consciousness. [Preprint]


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A theory is outlined that shifts the presumed locus of mind/brain interaction from the whole brain level to that of single neurons. Neuroanatomical and neurophysiological evidence is offered in support of the existence of single neurons that may individually receive dendritic input of sufficient complexity and diversity to account for the full content of conscious experience, and of an arrangement in which the output of multiple such neurons summate to achieve amplification of the individually emitted messages. An ultramicroscopic extension of the theory is suggested as a way of moving forward on the philosophically difficult aspects of the mind/brain problem.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:binding problem; consciousness; hard problem; neural correlate of consciousness; single-neuron theory
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
Biology > Theoretical Biology
ID Code:3891
Deposited By:Sevush, Dr. Steven
Deposited On:22 Oct 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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