TY - GEN ID - cogprints593 UR - http://cogprints.org/593/ A1 - Velmans, Max Y1 - 1991/// N2 - Investigations of the function of consciousness in human information processing have focused mainly on two questions: (1) where does consciousness enter into the information processing sequence and (2) how does conscious processing differ from preconscious and unconscious processing. Input analysis is thought to be initially "preconscious," "pre-attentive," fast, involuntary, and automatic. This is followed by "conscious," "focal-attentive" analysis which is relatively slow, voluntary, and flexible. It is thought that simple, familiar stimuli can be identified preconsciously, but conscious processing is needed to identify complex, novel stimuli. Conscious processing has also been thought to be necessary for choice, learning and memory, and the organization of complex, novel responses, particularly those requiring planning, reflection, or creativity. PB - Cambridge University Press KW - attention KW - brain KW - complementarity KW - consciousness KW - functionalism KW - information processing KW - mind KW - reductionism KW - unconscious KW - first person KW - third person TI - Is Human Information Processing Conscious? SP - 651 AV - public EP - 726 ER -