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Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349378

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349378.001.0001

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Nervous disorder

Nervous disorder

(p.31) 3 Nervous disorder

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the relationship that exists between the body and consciousness, between the experience of living in a body and being a person with knowledge and understanding, and a distinct individual and social identity. The mind — consciousness — is strictly immaterial: it has no direct biological representation. Yet mind and body are evidently also aspects of the same living organism: the mind is affected by the body, and the body by the mind. Specifically, it examines the mind-body connection when sensory pathways between peripheral nerves and the brain are disrupted.

Keywords:   body, consciousness, social identity, peripheral nerves, brain

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