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Broadcast and the network

Murray Shanahan

in Embodiment and the inner life

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226559
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226559.003.0005
Broadcast and the network

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The Global Workspace Theory of Bernard Baars proposes that an individual's cognitive architecture hosts both the conscious and the unconscious but the conscious thoughts are generally given more acknowledgment. Nevertheless, the processes in the cognitive architecture are transmitted through a series of episodes of broadcasts wherein the information contained in the global workspace are disseminated among the whole cohort of parallel specialists and upon the receipt of information, the parallel specialists will compete with each other in an attempt to exclude their rivals. This chapter discusses the central tenets of the Global Workspace Theory and explores how broadcasts and competition foster integration among segregated brain processes. This chapter also goes on to explore how the network of cognitive architecture influences an individual's consciousness and cognition.

Keywords: Global Workspace Theory; Bernard Baars; cognitive architecture; broadcasts; network; global workspace; consciousness; cognition

Chapter.  15067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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