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Space and Action

John Campbell

in Reference and Consciousness

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199243815
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597145 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243816.003.0004

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

 Space and Action

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What exactly is the role of conscious attention to an object in making it possible for the subject to act on that object? In one view, the content of your conscious attention sets the parameters for your action on that object. But the visual pathways underlying conscious attention may be different from the visual pathways that set the parameters for action. So a different view seems preferable, in which the role of conscious attention is to identify the target of the action for the benefit of the underlying brain systems that have to swing into play so that the action can be implemented.

Keywords: action; space; visual pathways

Chapter.  6904 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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