Some essential differences between consciousness and attention, perception, and working memory.

@article{Baars1997SomeED,
  title={Some essential differences between consciousness and attention, perception, and working memory.},
  author={Bernard J. Baars},
  journal={Consciousness and cognition},
  year={1997},
  volume={6 2-3},
  pages={363-71}
}
When "divided attention" methods were discovered in the 1950s their implications for conscious experience were not widely appreciated. Yet when people process competing streams of sensory input they show both selective processes and clear contrasts between conscious and unconscious events. This paper suggests that the term "attention" may be best applied to the selection and maintenance of conscious contents and distinguished from consciousness itself. This is consistent with common usage. The… CONTINUE READING

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