Basis of Consciousness (CNS/Bi/Psy 120). This
award-winning nine unit class, taught in the spring of each year, is
concerned with the correlates of consciousness in the brain. The
course focuses on the anatomy, physiology and psychology of sensory
consciousness in the mammalian brain, in particular visual perception.
Other topics include coma and other disturbances of consciousness,
clinical case studies (e.g., prosopagnosia, neglect), attention,
memory, zombie systems, free will and some philosophical questions of
interest to the student of consciousness.
With the help of Leila Reddy, a graduate student in my laboratory, and
Leslie Maxfield and her team from Academic Media Technologies
at Caltech, these lectures have been filmed, edited and put online
They are organized into 16 lectures, each about one hour. They
follow the textbook I wrote (with much help from my close colleague
and mentor, Francis Crick),
The Quest for Consciousness - A Neurobiological Approach. Each
lecture corresponds to one or two book chapters.