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  1. Bjorn H. Merker (2005). The Liabilities of Mobility: A Selection Pressure for the Transition to Consciousness in Animal Evolution. Consciousness and Cognition 14 (1):89-114.score: 290.0
  2. Bjorn Merker (2007). Consciousness Without a Cerbral Cortex: A Challenge for Neuroscience and Medicine. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (1):63-81.score: 120.0
    A broad range of evidence regarding the functional organization of the vertebrate brain – spanning from comparative neurology to experimental psychology and neurophysiology to clinical data – is reviewed for its bearing on conceptions of the neural organization of consciousness. A novel principle relating target selection, action selection, and motivation to one another, as a means to optimize integration for action in real time, is introduced. With its help, the principal macrosystems of the vertebrate brain can be seen to form (...)
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  3. Bjorn Merker (2007). Grounding Consciousness: The Mesodiencephalon as Thalamocortical Base. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (1):110-134.score: 120.0
    My response addresses general commentary themes such as my neglect of the forebrain contribution to human consciousness, the bearing of blindsight on consciousness theory, the definition of wakefulness, the significance of emotion and pain perception for consciousness theory, and concerns regarding remnant cortex in children with hydranencephaly. Further specific topics, such as phenomenal and phylogenetic aspects of mesodiencephalic-thalamocortical relations, are also discussed. (Published Online May 1 2007).
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  4. Bjorn Merker (2007). Memory, Imagination, and the Asymmetry Between Past and Future. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (3):325-326.score: 120.0
    A number of difficulties encumber the Suddendorf & Corballis (S&C) proposal regarding mental time travel into the future. Among these are conceptual issues turning on the inherent asymmetry of time and causality with regard to past and future, and the bearing of such asymmetry on the uses and utility of retrospective versus prospective mental time travel, on which I comment.
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  5. Bjorn Merker (2006). Ritual Pathology and the Nature of Ritual Culture. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (6):624-625.score: 120.0
    Boyer & Lienard's (B&L's) biological model of ritual achieves a rather straightforward account of features shared by ritual pathology and the idiosyncratic rituals of children; but complexities accrue in extending it to human ritual culture generally. My commentary suggests that the ritual cultural traditions of animals such as songbirds share structural features, handicap-based origin, as well as the enabling neural mechanism of vocal learning with human ritual culture. (Published Online February 8 2007).
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  6. Bjorn Merker (2014). Groove or Swing as Distributed Rhythmic Consonance: Introducing the Groove Matrix. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8.score: 120.0
  7. Bjorn Merker, Nicholas Evans & Stephen C. Levinson (2009). Returning Language to Culture by Way of Biology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (5):460.score: 120.0
    Conflation of our unique human endowment for language with innate, so-called universal, grammar has banished language from its biological home. The facts reviewed by Evans & Levinson (E&L) fit the biology of cultural transmission. My commentary highlights our dedicated learning capacity for vocal production learning as the form of our language endowment compatible with those facts.
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  8. Bjorn Merker (2013). The Efference Cascade, Consciousness, and its Self: Naturalizing the First Person Pivot of Action Control. Frontiers in Psychology 4.score: 120.0
    The 20 billion neurons of the neocortex have a mere hundred thousand motor neurons by which to express cortical contents in overt behavior. Implemented through a staggered cortical "efference cascade" originating in the descending axons of layer 5 pyramidal cells throughout the neocortical expanse, this steep convergence accomplishes final integration for action of cortical information through a system of interconnected subcortical way stations. Coherent and effective action control requires the inclusion of a continually updated joint "global best estimate" of current (...)
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  9. Merker Bjorn (2006). Ritual Pathology and the Nature of Ritual Culture. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (6).score: 120.0
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  10. Björn Merker (2008). Consciousness Without a Cerebral Cortex. In Hans Liljenström & Peter Århem (eds.), Consciousness Transitions: Phylogenetic, Ontogenetic, and Physiological Aspects. Elsevier.score: 120.0
     
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  11. Bjorn Merker (2012). From Probabilities to Percepts. In Shimon Edelman, Tomer Fekete & Neta Zach (eds.), Being in Time: Dynamical Models of Phenomenal Experience. John Benjamins Pub. Co.. 88--37.score: 120.0
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  12. Jonathan Smallwood, Marc Obonsawin, Derek Heim, Arne Dietrich, Bjorn Merker, Richard A. Bryant, David Mallard, Talis Bachmann, Iiris Luiga & Endel Poder (2003). 1053-8100/02/$-See Front Matter© 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). All Rights Reserved. Consciousness and Cognition 12:145.score: 120.0
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  13. V. Pickles (2000). Nils L. Wallin, Bjorn Merker and Steven Brown (Ed.), The Origins of Music. Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (7):94-95.score: 36.0
     
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