Consciousness and the attention schema: Why it has to be right

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This article describes some aspects of the underlying logic of the attention schema theory (AST) of subjective consciousness. It is a theory that distinguishes between what the brain actually, physically has, what is represented by information models constructed in the brain, what higher cognition thinks based on access to those models and what speech machinery claims based on the information within higher cognition. It is a theory of how we claim to have an essentially magical, subjective mind, based on the impoverishment and reduction of information along that pathway. While the article can stand on its own as a brief account of some critical aspects of AST, it specifically addresses questions and concerns raised by a set of commentaries on a target article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-233
Number of pages10
JournalCognitive Neuropsychology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - May 18 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


  • Consciousness
  • attention
  • awareness
  • social cognition
  • theory of mind


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