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Sherrington's Loom: An Introduction to the Science of Consciousness

Alan J. McComas


‘Sherrington’s Loom’ provides a historical account of the research that has led to recognition of key mechanisms underlying consciousness. Evidence is assembled from a rich variety of sources–neurological patients, animal behavior, laboratory studies and, especially, brain stimulation and recording in humans and animals. Among the remarkable advances in the field has been the ability to identify nerve cells in the human brain that store memories of specific people, places and objects. In addition to dealing with the issue of ‘free will,’ the book assembles the information into possible working ... More

Keywords: consciousness, free will, animal behavior, sensory mechanisms, cerebral cortex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190936549
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190936549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan J. McComas, author
Emeritus Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at McMaster University