From Sponge to Human: The Evolution of Consciousness

M. S.A. Graziano, T. W. Webb

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Abstract

The attention schema theory is a proposed explanation for the brain basis of conscious experience. The theory is mechanistic, testable, and supported by at least some preliminary experiments. In the theory, subjective awareness is an internal model of attention that serves several adaptive functions. This chapter discusses the evolution of consciousness in the context of the attention schema theory, beginning with the evolution of attentional mechanisms that emerged more than half a billion years ago and extending to human consciousness and the social attribution of conscious states to others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEvolution of Nervous Systems
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages547-554
Number of pages8
Volume3-4
ISBN (Electronic)9780128040423
ISBN (Print)9780128040966
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Awareness
  • Body schema
  • Consciousness
  • Control theory
  • Evolution
  • Hemispatial neglect
  • Metacontrast masking
  • Optic tectum
  • Social cognition
  • Social perception
  • Superior colliculus
  • Temporoparietal junction

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    Graziano, M. S. A., & Webb, T. W. (2016). From Sponge to Human: The Evolution of Consciousness. In Evolution of Nervous Systems: Second Edition (Vol. 3-4, pp. 547-554). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-804042-3.00098-1