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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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Temporal Nestedness and “Duration Bloc”

Temporal Nestedness and “Duration Bloc”

(p.48) Chapter 15 Temporal Nestedness and “Duration Bloc”
Unlocking the Brain

Georg Northoff

Oxford University Press

The concept of the “duration bloc” describes the integration of past, present, and future into one homogenous though threefold experience of time in consciousness. The book hypothesizes that the “global” temporal continuity of neural activity predisposes and makes possible such extension of the present into past and future on the phenomenal level of consciousness. By temporally structuring and organizing neural activity in a particular way, the global temporal continuity of the brain’s neural activity makes necessary and unavoidable the constitution of the threefold temporal structure with past, present, and future, the duration bloc, on the phenomenal level of consciousness.

Keywords:   temporal pattern of neural activity, low-frequency fluctuations, NREM sleep, resting state, slow wave activity, slow cortical potentials, temporal nestedness, difference-based coding, duration bloc, global temporal continuity

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