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Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences

Neurobiology of "Umwelt"

How Living Beings Perceive the World

Editors: Berthoz, Alain (Ed.)

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At the beginning of the 20th century, German biologist Jakob von Uexküll 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. Based on this perspective, a living organism, no matter how basic (such as the tick studied by von Uexküll), created its own universe when it interacts with the world and as this same time the organism reshapes it.

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 Uexküll’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

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Anthropological Physiology: von Uexküll, Portmann, Buytendijk

    Fagot-Largeault, Anne

    Pages 1-5

  • Essentialist Reasoning about the Biological World

    Gelman, Susan A.

    Pages 7-16

  • The Human Brain “Projects” upon the World, Simplifying Principles and Rules for Perception

    Berthoz, Alain

    Pages 17-27

  • Umwelt: A Psychomotor Functional Event

    Llinás, Rodolfo R.

    Pages 29-37

  • The Brain's View of the World Depends on What it has to Know

    Singer, Wolf

    Pages 39-52

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neurobiology of "Umwelt"
Book Subtitle
How Living Beings Perceive the World
Editors
  • Alain Berthoz
Series Title
Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-85897-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-85897-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-85896-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09942-7
Series ISSN
0945-6082
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 158
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
Topics