Two Varieties of Unconscious Processes

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Other (See topic area)
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Keywords: 
unconscious, conscious, gwt, global workspace theory, cognitive architecture
Date of Issue: 
2010
Authors: 
Stan Franklin and Bernard J. Baars
Editors: 
Perry, E and Collerton, D and Ashton, H and LeBeau, F
Title of Book: 
Towards New Horizons in Consciousness Research from the Boundaries of the Brain
Publisher: 
John Benjamin
Place of Publication: 
Amsterdam
Official URL: 
http://ccrg.cs.memphis.edu/assets/papers/2010/Varieties_2010.doc
Abstract: 
Unconscious processes come in two varieties, the preconscious, whose contents may become conscious, and the never-conscious, whose contents may not. In this chapter we make use of Global Workspace Theory and its LIDA model to catalogue never-conscious and preconscious processes, and offer an explanation of the functionally of the distinction. The LIDA/GWT model suggests that the functional distinction between never-conscious and preconscious processes derives from one of the major purposes of an agent’s consciousness mechanism, which is to select the most salient portion of the agent’s current situation to which to attend, that is to broadcast globally, in order to choose the best next action.
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