Consciousness and Information

Our conscious experience contains and depends upon many different kinds of information. What is the relationship between how information is processed and conscious awareness?

Consciousness in Other Animals

This post discusses the challenge of determining whether or not the experiences of other organisms have the same phenomenal quality of our typical conscious experiences.

Consciousness and Empathy

While much of human intelligence does not require one to be consciously aware of it, empathy may be something that necessitates phenomenal consciousness.

Consciousness and Language

The relation between consciousness and language is not always clear, but a better understanding of how cognitive abilities evolved helps clarify this relationship.

Consciousness and the Modularity of Mind

We can be aware of some mental contents, but others will never enter awareness even though they can affect behavior. What does this cognitive modularity tell us about the brain?

Consciousness and Neurodiversity

The shift in conceptualizing cognitive functions as a range of diverse abilities—or neurodiversity—may be understood by examining the consciousness-attention dissociation.

More Thoughts on Attention’s Relationship With Consciousness

The relationship between consciousness and attention can be seen as lying on a spectrum that ranges from identity to full independence. But is that the best way to visualize it?

The Evolution of Conscious Attention

It is not difficult to outline the evolution of attention, but it remains controversial to do so for consciousness… so what about conscious attention?

Consciousness and Dreams

Every day we sleep, but not every sleep has memorable dreams. When we do recall our dreams, they can be mundane or surreal and nonsensical. Is there a reason for having dreams?

Consciousness and Memory

The role of memory in consciousness is often taken for granted. Without the brain's various memory systems it would be unlikely that conscious experience would even occur. Consciousness not only relies on working memory to maintain perceptual and other information but also on long-term memory to enrich our present experience with information from the past.

The Age of Artificial Consciousness

With the increasing momentum in technological advances, it seems we have reached a turning point in our ability to create advanced artificial intelligence systems. Some would argue that soon we will have a form of human-like consciousness in robots. But is that really the case?

Forms of Conscious Attention

Here we learn a little bit about conscious attention, the experience of flow, and Lloyd, a professional writer and expert pianist who often experiences a form of effortless conscious attention when fully engaged in his work.

Wild and Structured Consciousness

Understanding how attention is related to consciousness requires some knowledge about the philosophical debates on the nature of consciousness, which essentially can be described as being both wild and structured.
 Montemayor & Haladjian (2015). "Consciousness, Attention, and Conscious Attention". Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Visual Attention and Consciousness

To understand the relationship between visual attention and consciousness, we must first examine the various forms of attention that have been identified through empirical studies in cognitive psychology.
Montemayor & Haladjian (2015). "Consciousness, Attention, and Conscious Attention". Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Consciousness, Attention, and Conscious Attention

Can conscious awareness be reduced to the contents of visual attention? Although consciousness and attention overlap in some ways, we argue that they are mostly two distinct types of mental states. Here we introduce this topic, which will be elaborated over several posts.