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A Cognitive Theory of Consciousness

A Cognitive Theory of Consciousness


  • Date Published: February 1989
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 1997
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521301336


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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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    • Date Published: February 1989
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521301336
    • length: 448 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 160 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 1997
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. What is to be explained? some preliminaries
    Part II. The Basic Model:
    2. Model 1: conscious representations are internally consistent and globally distributed
    3. The neural basis of conscious experience
    Part III. The Fundamental Role of Context:
    4. Model 2: unconscious contexts shape conscious experience
    5. Model 3: conscious experience is informative - it always demands some degree of adaptation
    Part IV. Goals and Voluntary Control:
    6. Model 4: Goal contexts, spontaneous problem solving, and the stream of consciousness
    7. Model 5: volition as ideomotor control of thought and action
    Part V. Attention, self, and conscious self-monitoring:
    8. Model 6: attention as control of access to consciousness
    9. Model 7. Self as the dominant context of experience and action
    Part VI. Consciousness is Functional:
    10. The functions of consciousness
    Part VII. Conclusion:
    11. A summary and some future directions
    Glossary and guide to theoretical claims
    Name index, Subject index.

  • Author

    Bernard J. Baars

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