Toward a standard model of consciousness: Reconciling the attention schema, global workspace, higher-order thought, and illusionist theories

Michael S.A. Graziano, Arvid Guterstam, Branden J. Bio, Andrew I. Wilterson

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Abstract

Here we examine how people’s understanding of consciousness may have been shaped by an implicit theory of mind. This social cognition approach may help to make sense of an apparent divide between the physically incoherent consciousness we think we have and the complex, rich, but mechanistic consciousness we may actually have. We suggest this approach helps reconcile some of the current cognitive neuroscience theories of consciousness. We argue that a single, coherent explanation of consciousness is available and has been for some time, encompassing the views of many researchers, but is not yet recognized. It is obscured partly by terminological differences, and partly because researchers view isolated pieces of it as rival theories. It may be time to recognize that a deeper, coherent pool of ideas, a kind of standard model, is available to explain multiple layers of consciousness and how they relate to specific networks within the brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-172
Number of pages18
JournalCognitive Neuropsychology
Volume37
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

Keywords

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

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