On the evolution of consciousness and language

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Psychology
Topics: 
Cognition
Keywords: 
consciousness, language, plans, motivation, evolution, motor system
Deposited by: 
Prof. Bruce Bridgeman
Date of Issue: 
1992
Authors: 
Bruce Bridgeman
Volume: 
92.consciousness
Issue Number: 
1.bridgeman
Page Range: 
Electronic journal-29 paragraphs
Official URL: 
http://psycprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/archive/00000239/#html
Abstract: 
Psychology can be based on plans, internally held images ofachievement that organize the stimulus-response links of traditional psychology. The hierarchical structure of plans must be produced, held, assigned priorities, and monitored. Consciousness is the operation of the plan-executing mechanism, enabling behavior to be driven by plans rather than immediate environmental contingencies. The mechanism unpacks a single internally held idea into a series of actions. New in this paper is the proposal that language uses this mechanism for communication, unpacking an idea into a series of articulatory acts. Language comprehension uses the plan-monitoring mechanism to pack a series of linguistic events into an idea. Recursive processing results from monitoring one's own speech. Neurophysiologically, the planning mechanism is identified with higher-order motor control.
AttachmentSize
consc_Psycoloquy.pdf50.74 KB