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The Primordial Emotions: The dawning of consciousness

Derek Denton


To understand what is happening in the brain in the moment you decide, at will, to summon to consciousness a passage of Mozart's music, or decide to take a deep breath, is like trying to ‘catch a phantom by the tail’. Consciousness remains that most elusive of all human phenomena — one so mysterious that even our highly developed knowledge of brain function can only partly explain it. This book traces the origins of consciousness. It takes the investigation back many years in an attempt to uncover just how consciousness might have first emerged. Consciousness did not develop suddenly in humans ... More

Keywords: consciousness, brain function, primal emotions, instinctive behaviour, hunger, thirst, pain, emotions

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199203147
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Denton, author
Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne, Australia

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