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Conflicts everywhere! Perceptions, actions, and cognition all entail memory and reflect conflict

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 November 2016

Jerome S. Jordan
Department of Psychology, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4620jsjorda@ilstu.edu
David W. Vinson
Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced, Merced, CA 95340. dvinson@ucmerced.edu


Morsella et al. assert that the function of consciousness is to determine which of many competing action options is expressed through the skeletomuscular system at any given moment. The present commentary addresses this issue from the first-person perspective and agrees with Morsella and colleagues, yet further proposes that the option-selection function of consciousness plays out in cognition as well.

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