The Conscious Brain: How Attention Engenders Experience

Paperback | March 15, 2015

byJesse J. Prinz

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The problem of consciousness continues to be a subject of great debate in cognitive science. Synthesizing decades of research, The Conscious Brain advances a new theory of the psychological and neurophysiological correlates of conscious experience. Prinz's account of consciousness makes two main claims: first consciousness always arises at a particular stage of perceptual processing, the intermediate level, and, second, consciousness depends on attention. Attention changes the flow of information allowing perceptual information to accessmemory systems. Neurobiologically, this change in flow depends on synchronized neural firing. Neural synchrony is also implicated in the unity of consciousness and in the temporal duration of experience. Prinz also explores the limits of consciousness. We have no direct experience of our thoughts, no experience of motor commands, and no experience of a conscious self. All consciousness is perceptual, and it functions to make perceptual information available to systems that allows for flexiblebehavior. Prinz concludes by discussing prevailing philosophical puzzles. He provides a neuroscientifically grounded response to the leading argument for dualism, and argues that materialists need not choose between functional and neurobiological approaches, but can instead combine these into neurofunctionalresponse to the mind-body problem.The Conscious Brain brings neuroscientific evidence to bear on enduring philosophical questions, while also surveying, challenging, and extending philosophical and scientific theories of consciousness. All readers interested in the nature of consciousness will find Prinz's work of greatinterest.

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The problem of consciousness continues to be a subject of great debate in cognitive science. Synthesizing decades of research, The Conscious Brain advances a new theory of the psychological and neurophysiological correlates of conscious experience. Prinz's account of consciousness makes two main claims: first consciousness always arise...

Jesse J. Prinz is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.29 × 6.1 × 1.18 inPublished:March 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePart I. A Theory of Consciousness1. Do We Really Need Another Theory of Consciousness?2. Which States Are Conscious? The Intermediate Level3. When Are We Conscious? Attention and AvailabilityPart II. The Limits of Consciousness4. Does Consciousness Outstrip Perception? A Restrictive View5. Why Are We Conscious? Action without Enaction6. Whose Conscious States Are These? The Illusory SelfPart III. The Metaphysics of Consciousness7. How Is Consciousness Unified? Attentional Resonance8. What Is Consciousness? Neural Correlates and Nuerofunctionalism9. Could Consciousness Be Physical? The Brain MaintainedConclusion: AIR Compared