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In Sync pp 23-44 | Cite as

Synchronization in the Emergence of Basic Mental Functions

  • Andrzej K. NowakEmail author
  • Robin R. Vallacher
  • Ryszard Praszkier
  • Agnieszka Rychwalska
  • Michal Zochowski
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Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Abstract

The emergence of conscious experience from distributed neural activity is possibly the most dramatic example of how coordination of elements leads to function. We can depict mental processing as a continuous process of organizing items into functional units. If we accept the assumption that the brain is the source of cognition, consciousness and the mind, we need to identify neural mechanisms that underlie this process—that is the neural underpinnings of functional integration of information.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej K. Nowak
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Robin R. Vallacher
    • 4
  • Ryszard Praszkier
    • 5
  • Agnieszka Rychwalska
    • 5
  • Michal Zochowski
    • 6
  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of PsychologySWPS University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  5. 5.The Robert Zajonc Institute for Social StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  6. 6.Department of Physics and Biophysics ProgramUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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