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MindmeldingConsciousness, Neuroscience, and the Mind's Privacy$
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William Hirstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231904.001.0001

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The brain and its cortex

The brain and its cortex

(p.30) Chapter 3 The brain and its cortex

William Hirstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes our current best understanding of how the brain works. It begins at the level of neurons and ends at the level of large-scale networks involving several cortical and subcortical areas. What we find as we study the brain is a realm where memories mix with perceptions and emotions to produce actions. The skeptical claim that there is no place in the brain where it all comes together is wrong. It all comes together in a set of cortical systems that include the prefrontal cortices as well as the higher processing level of mnemonic and perceptual systems in the temporal and parietal lobes. The prefrontal executive processes play important roles in our cognition by performing actions on representations.

Keywords:   neurons, brain, cortical areas, memory, perception, emotion, prefrontal cortices, executive processes, cognition

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