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Unlocking the BrainVolume 2: Consciousness$
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Georg Northoff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826995

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826995.001.0001

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Subcortical Regions and Qualia

Subcortical Regions and Qualia

Chapter 31 Subcortical Regions and Qualia
Unlocking the Brain

Georg Northoff

Oxford University Press

Chapter 31 focuses on subcortical regions and how they are related to consciousness. Subcortical regions are unavoidably implicated in any kind of neural processing on the cortical level. Therefore, any kind of qualia must include some kind of affective component at their very core. The chapter concludes with a neurophenomenal remark about the relationship between qualia, affect, and subjectivity. The affective or emotional component of qualia is postulated to account for what phenomenally is often described as “feeling” or the “qualitative feel” during the subjective experience of qualia.

Keywords:   subcortical regions, difference-based coding, spatiotemporal structure, prephenomenal structures, self-specific organization, consciousness, qualia, affective qualia, decortication, spatiotemporal extension, vegetative state, qualitative feel, subjectivity

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