Where Am I? Redux

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Psychology
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Keywords: 
Consciousness, Self, Self agency, Retinoid model, Selective attention, Out-of-body experience
Deposited by: 
Arnold Trehub
Contact email: 
trehub@psych.umass.edu
Date of Issue: 
2012
Authors: 
Trehub, Arnold
Journal/Publication Title: 
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Volume: 
In press
Publish status: 
Published
Abstract: 

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Activation of the brain’s putative retinoid system has been proposed as the neuronal substrate for our basic sense of being centered within a volumetric surround –- our minimal phenomenal consciousness (Trehub 2007). Here, the assumed properties of the self-locus within the retinoid model are shown to explain recent experimental findings relating to the out-of-body-experience. In addition, selective excursion of the heuristic self-locus is able to explain many important functions of consciousness, including the effective internal representation of a 3D space on the basis of 2D perspective depictions. Our sense of self-agency is shown to be a natural product of the role of the heuristic self-locus in the retinoid mechanism.

 

 

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