Neuronal mechanisms of consciousness: A Relational Global Workspace framework.

Baars, Bernard and Newman, James and Taylor, John (1998) Neuronal mechanisms of consciousness: A Relational Global Workspace framework. [Book Chapter]

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This paper explores a remarkable convergence of ideas and evidence, previously presented in separate places by its authors. That convergence has now become so persuasive that we believe we are working within substantially the same broad framework. Taylor’s mathematical papers on neuronal systems involved in consciousness dovetail well with work by Newman and Baars on the thalamocortical system, suggesting a brain mechanism much like the global workspace architecture developed by Baars (see references below). This architecture is relational, in the sense that it continuously mediates the interaction of input with memory. While our approaches overlap in a number of ways, each of us tends to focus on different areas of detail. What is most striking, and we believe significant, is the extent of consensus, which we believe to be consistent with other contemporary approaches by Weiskrantz, Gray, Crick and Koch, Edelman, Gazzaniga, Newell and colleagues, Posner, Baddeley, and a number of others. We suggest that cognitive neuroscience is moving toward a shared understanding of consciousness in the brain.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:consciousness, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive theory, neuroscience theory, awareness, attention, brain theory
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
ID Code:946
Deposited By:Baars, Bernard J.
Deposited On:28 Aug 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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