The attention schema theory of consciousness

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Over the past several years, my colleagues and I outlined a novel approach to understanding the brain basis of consciousness. That approach was eventually called the Attention Schema Theory (AST) (Graziano 2010; Graziano and Kastner 2011; Graziano 2013; Graziano 2014; Kelly at al. 2014; Webb and Graziano 2015; Webb, Kean, and Graziano 2016; Webb et al. 2016). The core concept is extremely simple. The brain not only uses the process of attention to focus its resources onto select signals, but it also constructs a description, or representation, of attention. The brain is a model builder - it builds models of items in the world that are useful to monitor and predict. Attention, being an important aspect of the self, is modeled by an attention schema.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Consciousness
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317386810
ISBN (Print)9781138936218
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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