Martin Monti

The Limits of Consciousness is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Martin Monti, Associate Professor in Psychology and Neurosurgery, Brain Injury Research Centre, UCLA. This extensive conversation examines Martin Monti’s innovative work with patients who are in a vegetative state or minimally conscious state which has led to some surprising results that might well prove to be integral to our development of a deeper understanding of consciousness.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Collective Unconscious, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Dualism and Science Journalism – Changing hearts and brains
  2. Inside The Other – A constant concern
  3. The Vegetative State – Evolving understanding
  4. Probing Vegetative States – Some experimental details
  5. Beyond Reflex – A thin line
  6. Assessing Consciousness – Unlikely tennis players 
  7. Extracting Information – Two types of controls 
  8. Quantifying Consciousness– Towards more rigorous models 
  9. Interdisciplinary Interlude – Mathematics, cognitive science and other issues 
  10. Language and Thought – The Whorfian Hypothesis and Italian football
  11. Structural Similarities? – Comparing language, mathematics and music
  12. What Makes Us Human – In search of distinction



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The Limits of Consciousness is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow CollectionConversations About Psychology, Volume 2, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.