The Attention Schema Theory of Consciousness


Graziano, M. S. A. (2017). The Attention Schema Theory of Consciousness. In R. Gennaro (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Consciousness (pp. 174-187) . Routledge.


The attention schema theory of consciousness describes how an information-processing machine can make the claim that it has a consciousness of something. In the theory, the brain is an information processor that is captive to the information constructed within it. The challenge of explaining consciousness is not, “How does the brain produce an ineffable internal experience,” but rather, “How does the brain construct a quirky self description, and what is the useful cognitive role of that self model?”

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