A Cognitive Theory of Consciousness

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Bernard Baars, 1988 - Medical - 424 pages
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Conscious experience is one of the most difficult and thorny problems in psychological science. Its study has been neglected for many years, either because it was thought to be too difficult, or because the relevant evidence was thought to be poor. Bernard Baars suggests a way to specify empirical constraints on a theory of consciousness by contrasting well-established conscious phenomena - such as stimulus representations known to be attended, perceptual, and informative - with closely comparable unconscious ones - such as stimulus representations known to be preperceptual, unattended, or habituated. Adducing data to show that consciousness is associated with a kind of global workplace in the nervous system, and that several brain structures are known to behave in accordance with his theory, Baars helps to clarify many difficult problems.
  

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Contents

unconscious with practice
23
The basic model
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rOOnn
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The neural basis of conscious experience
119
access to ERTAS
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The fundamental role of context
135
Volition as ideomotor control of thought
246
edit the error in time
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Attention self and conscious selfmonitoring
299
Self as the dominant context of experience
325
Consciousness is functional
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Conclusion
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4
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conscious experience
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0
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help create context
185
evoke old ones
198
and information
218
Goals and voluntary control
223
problem solving
232
Tables
373
References
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