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Neurobiology of Umwelt How Living Beings Perceive the World

by Alain Berthoz

Part of the Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences Series

Neurobiology of Umwelt How Living Beings Perceive the World Synopsis

At the beginning of the 20th century, German biologist Jakob von Uexkull created the concept of Umwelt to denote the environment as experienced by a subject. This concept of environment differs from the idea of passive surroundings and is defined not just by physical surroundings, but is rather a subjective universe , a space weighted with meaning. Today, neuroscience provides a new way to look at the brain's capability to create a representation of the world. At the same time behavioural specialists are demonstrating that animals have a richer mental universe than previously known. Philosophical reflection thus finds itself with more experimental and objective data as well. Nearly a century after the publication of von Uexkull's founding work ( Umwelt und Innenwelt der Tiere was published in 1909), neurobiologists, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, ethologists, and philosophers revisit his mail concept at the light of modern science

Book Information

ISBN: 9783540858966
Publication date: 12th November 2008
Author: Alain Berthoz
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K an imprint of Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 158 pages
Categories: Neurosciences,

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