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ASSC Seminar: The Human Self Construct & Prefrontal Cortex In Schizophrenia

George Buckner synthesys at mindspring.com
Thu Mar 11 21:20:48 EST 1999


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  The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness  (ASSC)

               Announces its 5th Electronic Seminar:

    THE HUMAN SELF CONSTRUCT & PREFRONTAL CORTEX IN SCHIZOPHRENIA
                        March 15 - April 9

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Target Paper now available at: http://www.phil.vt.edu/ASSC/esem
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Seminar Leader:
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Kai Vogeley, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, Germany

Panelists:
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Bernard Baars
The Wright Institute

Paul Fletcher Vogt
Brain Research Institute,
Duesseldorf

Joaquin Fuster
Psychiatry, UCLA

Vittorio Gallese
Physiology, Parma

Nicholas Georgieff
Cognitive Science, Lyon

Elkhonon Goldberg
Psychiatry, New York

Anthony Grace
University of Pittsburgh

Nick Humphrey
New School of Social Research

Marc Jeannerod
Cognitive Science, Lyon

Albert Newen
Philosophy, Bonn

Michael Pauen
Wissenschafts-Kolleg Bremen

Doug Watt
Neuropsychology, Quincy Hospital


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Beginning March 15, you can follow THE HUMAN SELF CONSTRUCT & PREFRONTAL
CORTEX IN SCHIZOPHRENIA by subscribing to the ASSC public list:

ASSC-SEMINAR1 at LISTSERV.UH.EDU

You will automatically receive the text of e-seminar commentaries &
discussions 24-hrs after their being posted by seminar participants.
To subscribe, send the following command to LISTSERV at LISTSERV.UH.EDU:

SUB ASSC-SEMINAR1 your name

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                          SEMINAR SCHEDULE

MARCH 15 - 19       --  Seminar commences, commentaries distributed.

MARCH 22 - APRIL 2  --  Open discussion commences.

APRIL 8 - 12        --  Concluding comments, summaries

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                      Target Paper ABSTRACT

THE HUMAN SELF CONSTRUCT & PREFRONTAL CORTEX IN SCHIZOPHRENIA


Kai Vogeley, Martin  Kurthen, Peter Falkai & Wolfgang Maier Rheinische
Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitdt Bonn   The human self construct comprises
essential  features such as the experience of ownership, of
body-centered spatial  perspectivity, and of a long term unity of
beliefs and attitudes. In the  pathophysiology of schizophrenia, it is
suggested that clinical  subsyndromes  like cognitive disorganization
and derealization reflect  disorders of this self model. These features
are neurobiologically  instantiated as an episodically active complex of
neural activation patterns,  and can be mapped onto the brain given
adequate operationalizations of self  model features. In its unique
capability of integrating external and  internal data, the prefrontal
cortex (PFC) appears to be an essential  component of the neuronal
implementation of the self construct. With  close connections to other
unimodal association cortices, and to the  limbic system, PFC provides
an internally represented model of the world,  and internal milieu of
the organism, both serving world orientation.  In schizophrenia, it is
the dysfunction of PFC which our data suggest  is the predominate neural
correlate of the different clinical  schizophrenic subsyndromes. The
study of the pathophysiological basis of  psychiatric disorders is
increasingly contributing to the theoretical debate  on the neuronal
basis of the self construct.


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       Complete TP available at: http://www.phil.vt.edu/ASSC/
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      Kai Vogeley,  Ph.D.                     James Newman, Ph.D.
    ASSC E-Seminar  Leader                ASSC Seminars Coordinator
     vogeley at uni-bonn.de                 newmanjb at worldnet.att.net
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George Buckner                       http://www.mindspring.com/~metacom
Network Consultant, Lockheed Martin  http://www.lmco.com
Associate Editor, PSYCHE             http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au
Network Coordinator, ASSC            http://www.phil.vt.edu/ASSC




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