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10th Edition of International Conference on Neurology and Brain Disorders

October 21-23, 2024

October 21 -23, 2024 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA
INBC 2023

Rocco Gennaro

Speaker at Neuroscience Conference - Rocco Gennaro
University of Southern Indiana, United States
Title : Neural abnormalities, psychopathologies, and the unity of consciousness


In this talk I first review several different notions of the “unity of consciousness” such as subject unity, object unity, spatial unity, and perhaps most common “phenomenal unity” which is the general notion that, from the first-person point of view, we experience the world and its objects in an integrated way. I then show how various neural abnormalities and psychopathologies cause what we might understand as “disunities” (or breakdowns) in the unity of consciousness.  Some of the phenomena to be discussed are hemispatial neglect, agnosia, schizophrenia, amnesia, somatoparaphrenia, akinetopsia, simultanagnosia, and synesthesia. A brief discussion of the related persistent neuroscientific puzzle known as the “binding problem,” the problem of just how different regions of the brain integrate the information processed in those different areas, is also included.

Audience Take Away

  • The audience will better understand how specific brain damage affects various specific conscious mental abilities in rather strange ways and, in turn, perhaps how to understand and treat various disorders
  • Attendees can be helped in terms of their teaching and research by becoming more aware of how neural abnormalities bear on the nature of consciousness and personal identity
  • It can also help one to think about the philosophical implications of some brain research, e.g. to what extent unified conscious mental activity can be maintained after brain injury or damage


Dr. Rocco J. Gennaro is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Indiana.  He received his Ph.D. in 1991 at Syracuse University and had been at Indiana State University in Terre Haute for fourteen years before moving to Southern Indiana in 2009.

Dr. Gennaro's primary research and teaching interests are in Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science (especially consciousness), Metaphysics, Early Modern History of Philosophy, NeuroEthics, and Applied Ethics.

He has published eleven books (as either sole author or editor) and over fifty articles and book chapters in these areas. He has most recently published a book entitled The Consciousness Paradox: Consciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts (MIT Press, 2012), and edited an anthology entitled Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathologies and Theories of Consciousness (MIT Press, 2015).

Dr. Gennaro also has written Consciousness published by Routledge Press (2017) as well as edited The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness (2018). Most recently (2020), he has published Mind and Brain; a dialogue on the mind-body problem.