publication . Article . Other literature type . 2010

Consciousness and attention: on sufficiency and necessity

Jeroen J A Van Boxtel; Naotsugu Tsuchiya; Naotsugu Tsuchiya; Christof Koch; Christof Koch; Christof Koch;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Dec 2010 Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, volume 1 (eissn: 1664-1078, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
  • Country: United States
Recent research has slowly corroded a belief that selective attention and consciousness are so tightly entangled that they cannot be individually examined. In this review, we summarize psychophysical and neurophysiological evidence for a dissociation between top-down attention and consciousness. The evidence includes recent findings that show subjects can attend to perceptually invisible objects. More contentious is the finding that subjects can become conscious of an isolated object, or the gist of the scene in the near absence of top-down attention; we critically re-examine the possibility of ‘complete’ absence of top-down attention. We also cover the recent f...
free text keywords: Psychology, Review Article, attention, consciousness, psychophysics, neuroimaging, BF1-990, General Psychology, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Dissociative, medicine.drug_class, medicine, Social psychology, Selective attention, Visual attention, Electroencephalography, medicine.diagnostic_test, Cognitive psychology, Visual consciousness
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