04-Consciousness & Control.ppt

04-Consciousness & Control.ppt - Are hampsters...

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1 Conscious Awareness & Controlled Processing Lecture 4 Are hampsters conscious? Are hampsters conscious? Can hampsters think? Are hampsters conscious? Can hampsters think? Are these different questions? Immediate experience (pre-reflective consciousness) – ‘Stream of consciousness’ (William James, 1890) – Perception driven by automatic construals – Seems like ‘Reality’ – Relation to nonconscious processes (Bargh on priming) 2 Kinds of Consciousness Immediate experience (pre-reflective consciousness) – ‘Stream of consciousness’ (William James, 1890) – Perception driven by automatic construals – Seems like ‘Reality’ – Relation to nonconscious processes (Bargh on priming) Reflective consciousness – ‘Thought’ – Reflections on the stream of consciousness – Has the quality of aboutness – Controlled processes: we experience reflective consciousness as something we personally control 2 Kinds of Consciousness
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2 Stream of Consciousness Stream of Consciousness Reflective Consciousness Reflective Consciousness Reflective Consciousness • Stream of consciousness is like how most of us experience movies most of the time. Lost in the ongoing experience.
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3 • Reflective consciousness is invoked by movie critics who think about the movie and reconsider small segments over and over in order to analyze, evaluate, and consider alternatives Immediate experience (pre-reflective consciousness) – ‘Stream of consciousness’ – Perception driven by automatic construals – Seems like ‘Reality’ – Relation to nonconscious processes? Reflective consciousness – ‘Thought’ – Reflections on the stream of consciousness – Has the quality of aboutness – Controlled processes: we experience reflective consciousness as something we personally control 2 Kinds of Consciousness All animals have this kind Only humans have this kind • Outputs of pre-reflective processes feel like they happen to us . Outputs of reflective processes feeling like something we do . • Reflective conscious thoughts are
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2011 for the course PSYCH 135 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Fall '08 term at UCLA.

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