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Author & Title: Giorgio Marchetti, Against the view that consciousness and attention are fully dissociable, published in Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 3, Article 36, 1-14, 2012.

 

Abstract:

In this paper, I will try to show that the idea that there can be consciousness without some form of attention, and high-level top-down attention without consciousness, originates from a failure to notice the varieties of forms that top-down attention and consciousness can assume. I will present evidence that: there are various forms of attention and consciousness; not all forms of attention produce the same kind of consciousness; not all forms of consciousness are produced by the same kind of attention; there can be low-level attention (or preliminary attention), whether of an endogenous or exogenous kind, without consciousness; attention cannot be considered the same thing as consciousness.

 

 

Keywords: Attention, consciousness, visual perception

 

Link to Frontiers in Psychology:

 

http://www.frontiersin.org/consciousness_research/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00036/abstract            

 

                                                                                             

 

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