How conscious experience and working memory interact

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Review
Disciplines: 
Psychology
Topics: 
Cognition
Deposited by: 
Prof Stan Franklin
Date of Issue: 
2003
Authors: 
Bernard J. Baars, Stan Franklin
Journal/Publication Title: 
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume: 
7
Issue Number: 
4
Page Range: 
166-172
Official URL: 
http://ccrg.cs.memphis.edu/assets/papers/TICSarticle2003.pdf
Abstract: 
Active components of classical working memory are conscious, but traditional theory does not account for this fact. Global Workspace theory suggests that consciousness is needed to recruit unconscious specialized networks that carry out detailed working memory functions. The IDA model provides a fine-grained analysis of this process, specifically of two classical working memory tasks, verbal rehearsal and the utilization of a visual image. In the process, new light is shed on the interactions between conscious and unconsciousaspects of working memory.
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