Crucial steps in the development of consciousness

Document Type: 
ASSC Conference Item
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Psychology
Topics: 
Development
Keywords: 
Development of consciousness, primacy of touch, self-reference, construction of a self-model, motivation by success
Deposited by: 
Dr Douglas J Newman
Date of Issue: 
2006
Authors: 
Douglas Newman
Event Dates: 
23-26 June 2006
Event Location: 
Oxford, England
Event Title: 
10th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Event Type: 
ASSC Conference
Presentation Type: 
Poster
Refereed: 
No
Number of Pages: 
3
Alternative URL: 
http://www.con-structure.co.uk
Abstract: 
The first four steps in the development of human consciousness are identified. Each of these is related to the author's hypothesis that conscious content is generated by a self-referential process involving a self-model. The main conclusions are that the initial step is based on self-touch and that later steps involve a shift in motivation from sensory satisfaction to success.
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