By Todd E. Feinberg
It can be the private secret of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience: how does the mind unite to create the self, the subjective "I"? In Altered Egos, Dr. Todd Feinberg offers a brand new idea of the self, in line with his first-hand event as either a psychiatrist and neurologist.
Feinberg first introduces the reader to dozens of exciting situations of sufferers whose issues have led to what he calls "altered egos": a transformation within the mind that transforms the bounds of the self. He describes sufferers that suffer from "alien hand syndrome" the place one hand may possibly assault the patient's personal throat, sufferers with frontal lobe harm who invent really good tales approximately their lives, paralyzed sufferers who reject and disown one among their limbs. Feinberg argues that the mind harm suffered by way of those humans has performed extra than just impair yes functions--it has fragmented their experience of self. After illustrating how those sufferers supply a window into the self and the brain, the writer offers a brand new version of the self that hyperlinks the workings of the mind with distinctive and private gains of the brain, similar to which means, function, and being. Drawing on his personal and different proof, Feinberg explains how the unified self, whereas no longer situated in a single or one other mind area, arises out of the astonishing complexity and variety of the brain's part elements.
Lucid, insightful, packed with interesting case reviews and provocative new rules, Altered Egos provides to alter the best way we take into consideration human cognizance and the production and upkeep of human identification.
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226–229) (GVE/VE) Special sense Taste from anterior two-thirds (SVA/VA) of tongue (see Figs. on pp. 198–199, 202–203) Somatic motor (GSE/SE) Visceral motor (SVE/VE) Somatic motor (GSE/SE) Somatic sense (GSA/SA) Olfactory bulb, olfactory trigone Optic chiasm (optic nerve to chiasm to tract) Deafness, tinnitus, vertigo, unsteady gait, and nystagmus (see Figs. on pp. 266–269) Loss of ear sensation (see Figs. on pp. 228–229) Loss of taste on anterior two-thirds of tongue (see Figs. on pp. 202–203, 228–229) Lateral gaze palsy and diplopia (see Figs.
298), 9-9 (p. 302), and 9-11 (p. 304) for comparable views of these veins and sinuses. LWBK823-C02_p09-40_Haines 12/03/11 11:07 AM Page 22 22 2 xe n e en e e Frontal pole Olfactory bulb Longitundinal fissure Olfactory sulcus (OlfSul) Orbital sulci Orbital gyri (OrbGy) Gyrus rectus (GyRec) Olfactory tract Temporal pole (TPole) Basilar pons (BP) Uncus Occipitotemporal sulcus Parahippocampal gyrus Occipitotemporal gyri Collateral sulcus Middle cerebellar peduncle (MCP) Glossopharyngeal nerve Flocculus Facial nerve Vagus nerve Vestibulocochlear nerve Abducens nerve Medulla Olive (inferior); olivary eminence Decussation of pyramids Cerebellum (Cbl) GyRec OlfSul OrbGy Tpole Trigeminal nerve BP BP MCP Fourth ventricle Cbl Inferior (ventral) view of the cerebral hemispheres, diencephalon, brainstem, and cerebellum, and two MRIs (both T1-weighted images) that show structures from the same perspective.
The ninth and tenth cranial nerves and the spinal portion of the accessory nerve (XI) exit the skull via the jugular foramen. 3-6 Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is a lancinating pain originating from the territories served by the ninth and tenth nerves at the base of the tongue and throat. Trigger events may include chewing and swallowing. Lesions of nerves passing through the jugular foramen (IX, X, XI) may result in loss of the gag reflex (motor limb via ninth nerve), and drooping of the ipsilateral shoulder accompanied by an inability to turn the head to the opposite side against resistance (eleventh nerve).
Altered Egos How the Brain Creates the Self by Todd E. Feinberg