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The Spotlight: Attention, Absorption, and The Construction of Reality

Bernard J. Baars

in In the Theater of Consciousness

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195102659
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864126 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.003.0005
 The Spotlight: Attention, Absorption, and The Construction of Reality

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the difference between attention and consciousness. It then considers voluntary attention and metacognition, metacognition and overload, absorption and suspension of disbelief, consciousness and the construction of reality, constructed realities in dreams, conscious metacognition during dreams, and the functions of dreaming and sleeping.

Keywords: attention; consciousness; thinking; metacognition; dreaming; sleeping

Chapter.  6497 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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