How Is Consciousness Realized? Gamma Vectorwaves

Jesse J. Prinz

in The Conscious Brain

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195314595
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979059 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

How Is Consciousness Realized? Gamma Vectorwaves

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Chapters 3 and 4 defend a theory according to which conscious states are attended intermediate-level representations, or AIRs. When expressed this way, the AIR theory described the psychological correlated of consciousness, but not the neural correlates. This chapter asks how consciousness arises in the brain, and thus seeks the neural correlates of AIRs. Intermediate-level representations are hypothesized to be realized by temporal patterns in populations of neurons, or vectorwaves. Vectorwaves, it is argued, are important for distinguishing states with different qualitative character. Attention is said to be realized by neural oscillations within the gamma band. This confirms older theories that relate consciousness to gamma activity, but this theories differs from some others by relating gamma to attention rather than binding. Putting these two elements together, the neural correlates of AIRs are gamma vectorwaves.

Keywords: gamma oscillations; vectorwaves; neural coding; color; attention; neural correlates of consciousness; the AIR theory of consciousness

Chapter.  10739 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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