Global Workspace Theory

Global Workspace Theory

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Global Workspace Theory (GWT) is a simple Cognitive architecture that has been developed to account qualitatively for a large set of matched pairs of conscious and unconscious processes. It was proposed by Bernard Baars (1988, 1997, 2003). Brain interpretations and computational simulations of GWT are the focus of current research. GWT resembles the concept of Working Memory, and is proposed to correspond to a "momentarily active, subjectively experienced" event in working memory (WM) --- the "inner domain in which we can rehearse telephone numbers to ourselves or, more interestingly, in which we carry on the narrative of our lives. It is usually thought to include inner speech and visual imagery." The easiest way to think about GWT is in terms of a "theater metaphor" --- which is not to say that the brain contains a theater in any concrete way, of course. In the "theater of consciousness" a "spotlight of selective attention" shines a bright spot on stage. The bright spot reveals the contents of consciousness, actors moving in and out, making speeches or interacting with each other. The audience is not lit up --- it is in the dark (i.e., unconscious) watching the play.show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 145g
  • Frac Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135720007
  • 9786135720006