A Neural Attentional Model for Access to Consciousness: A Global Workspace Perspective

Newman, James and Baars, Bernard J. (1993) A Neural Attentional Model for Access to Consciousness: A Global Workspace Perspective. [Journal (Paginated)]

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A broad consensus has developed in recent years in the cognitive and neurosciences that the cognitive functions of the mind arise out of the activities of an extensive and diverse array of specialized processors operating as a parallel, distributed system. A theoretical perspective is presented which expands upon this "society" model to include globally integrative infuences upon this arrary of processors. This perspective serves as the basis for an explicit neural model of a "global workspace within a system of distributed specialized processors". Anatomical and physiological evidence are reviewed which suggest that this parallel, modular architecture is superceded by a more diffuse, tangential intracortical network capable of integrating underlying modular activites into increasingly global cognitive representations. There follows an explication of the role of this "neural global workspace" in providing the essential basis for the central control of attention and the generation of unified, conscious percepts. Finally the role of thalamic and brainstem activation systems in these integrative processes is discussed.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:attention, binding, consciousness, EEG, ERTAS, globalworkspace theory, nucleus reticularis thalami, pyramidalcells, reticular activting system (RAS), thalamus
Subjects:Neuroscience > Neural Modelling
Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
ID Code:73
Deposited On:21 Dec 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53


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