Explanatory Correlates of Consciousness: Theoretical and Computational Challenges

Seth, Anil (2009) Explanatory Correlates of Consciousness: Theoretical and Computational Challenges. Cognitive Computation, 1 (1). pp. 50-63. ISSN 18669956

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Consciousness is a key feature of mammalian cognition and revealing its underlying mechanisms is one of the most important scientific challenges for the 21st century. In this article I review how computational and theoretical approaches can facilitate a transition from correlation to explanation in consciousness science. I describe progress towards identifying `explanatory correlates¿ underlying four fundamental properties characterizing most if not all conscious experiences: (i) the co-existence of segregation and integration in conscious scenes, (ii) the emergence of a subjective first-person perspective, (iii) the presence of affective conscious contents, either transiently (emotion) or as a background (mood) and (iv) experiences of intention and agency that are characteristic of voluntary action. I also discuss how synthetic approaches can shed additional light on possible functions of consciousness, the role of embodiment in consciousness, and the plausibility of constructing a conscious artefact.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Anil Seth
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:54
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 14:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28642
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