What is it Good For? The Functions of Consciousness

Bernard J. Baars

in In the Theater of Consciousness

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195102659
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864126 | DOI:
 What is it Good For? The Functions of Consciousness

Show Summary Details


Consciousness is a supremely functional adaptation that, like other major biological adaptations, appears to have many uses. Consciousness also has as many functions, perhaps as many as theaters do. This chapter explores a tentative list. It discusses the role of consciousness in creating new priorities, in problem solving, decision making, controlling actions, and learning and adaptation.

Keywords: problem-solving functions; learning; adaptation; priorities

Chapter.  2478 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.