Attention and consciousness: two distinct brain processes

@article{Koch2007AttentionAC,
  title={Attention and consciousness: two distinct brain processes},
  author={Christof Koch and Naotsugu Tsuchiya},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={11},
  pages={16-22}
}
The close relationship between attention and consciousness has led many scholars to conflate these processes. This article summarizes psychophysical evidence, arguing that top-down attention and consciousness are distinct phenomena that need not occur together and that can be manipulated using distinct paradigms. Subjects can become conscious of an isolated object or the gist of a scene despite the near absence of top-down attention; conversely, subjects can attend to perceptually invisible… Expand
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