Consciousness: mapping the theoretical landscape
Atkinson, A.P. and Thomas, Michael S.C. and Cleeremans, A. (2000) Consciousness: mapping the theoretical landscape. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 4 (10), pp. 372-382. ISSN 1364-6613.
What makes us conscious? Many theories that attempt to answer this question have appeared recently in the context of widespread interest about consciousness in the cognitive neurosciences. Most of these proposals are formulated in terms of the information processing conducted by the brain. In this overview, we survey and contrast these models. We first delineate several notions of consciousness, addressing what it is that the various models are attempting to explain. Next, we describe a conceptual landscape that addresses how the theories attempt to explain consciousness. We then situate each of several representative models in this landscape and indicate which aspect of consciousness they try to explain. We conclude that the search for the neural correlates of consciousness should be usefully complemented by a search for the computational correlates of consciousness.
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Research Centre:||Birkbeck Knowledge Lab, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)|
|Depositing User:||Sarah Hall|
|Date Deposited:||29 Feb 2012 09:03|
|Last Modified:||02 Dec 2016 13:41|
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