Spontaneous remembering is the norm: What integrative models tell us about human consciousness and memory.

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Artificial intelligence
Topics: 
Memory
Keywords: 
memory, conscious, global workspace theory, gwt
Date of Issue: 
2010
Authors: 
Stan Franklin, Bernard J. Baars 
Editors: 
Mace, John H.
Title of Book: 
The Act of Remembering: Toward an understanding of how we recall the past
Publisher: 
Blackwell
Place of Publication: 
Oxford
Official URL: 
http://ccrg.cs.memphis.edu/assets/papers/2010/spontaneous_2010.doc
Publish status: 
Published
Abstract: 
Here we explore some well-established features of the stream of consciousness: spontaneous remembering, including incidental learning and problem solving, expectation-driven recall, action control, and the “availability heuristic” --- the influence of conscious accessibility on judgments and decisions spontaneous recall and problem-solving (Tversky & Kahneman, 1973). These empirical phenomena emerge naturally from Global Workspace Theory as implemented in the LIDA model (see Baars, 1988, 1997, 2002; Franklin, 2001, Ramamurthy, D’Mello and Franklin, 2006), an integrative, evidence-based computational model of cognition. LIDA has a detailed role for both conscious and unconscious processes, based on the Global Workspace Theory (Franklin 2001; Ramamurthy, D'Mello, and Franklin 2006; Baars 1988, 2002). It reveals an adaptive role for the stream of consciousness, interacting with well-established memory systems and with the external world, making constant use of declarative, perceptual, transient episodic, and procedural memory types.
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