Posts Tagged ‘self’

Agency and reward

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This paper can be taken as suggesting that a sense of agency is part of the reward system, encouraging repetition or non-repetition of particular actions or behaviours.

The self, consciousness and will

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Response to a debate on Fate, Freedom and Neuroscience at the Institute of Arts and Ideas, London This debate highlighted some of the problems that bedevil modern consciousness studies. One such problem is the tendency to elide the self with consciousness. A more detailed analysis suggests that the self is not the same thing as consciousness, but instead merely a part of the contents of consciousness. The main components of the self are, firstly the necessary distinction between the body and the Read more […]

Self Comes to Mind

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Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain Antonio Damasio Damasio envisages consciousness as a loop between the self and the body. His view that the self comprises the whole of consciousness, conflicts with descriptions of altered states of consciousness, where the self disappears, and with the normal experience that we are conscious of aspects of the external world that are not part of the self. The argument that the body via the brain stem comprises the whole input into consciousness Read more […]

Perception without perceiver

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Perception without perceiver Rafael Malach, Dept. of Neurobiology (in conversation with Zoran Josipovic) Journal of Consciousness Studies, 13, No. 9, pp. 57-66 (2006) In this Q&A transcription published in the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Rafael Malach again argues that, at least in some cases, conscious perception does not require any form of ‘observer’ in the prefrontal area, but needs only activation in the sensory cortex. This claim is based on fMRI studies performed by Malach Read more […]