Murray Shanahan

in Embodiment and the inner life

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226559
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696220 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the dynamics of a global workspace architecture thereby significantly complementing the previous chapter's discourse on internal cognitive processes. As mentioned in the previous chapter, the series of episodes of broadcasts in the global workspace are punctuated by bursts of competition among the parallel specialists which results from the attempts of rival process coalitions to control the global workspace. The challenge now is to identify the dynamic signature of conscious condition despite the continual formation and disintegration of parallel specialists. The empirical survey found at the end of this chapter substantiates the exchange of information that occurs among parallel specialists. It also supports the notion that the brain's connective topology facilitates conscious integration as well as the generation of an open-ended repertoire of process coalitions.

Keywords: global workspace architecture; conscious integration; broadcasts; competition; parallel specialists

Chapter.  12078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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