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Consciousness for perception and for action: A perspective from unconscious binding

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 November 2016

Zhicheng Lin*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210. zhichenglin@gmail.comhttps://sites.google.com/site/zhichenglin/

Abstract

I argue that the scope and strength of unconscious perception have been overestimated in extant theories. I describe an unconscious binding perspective, and how in conjunction with rigorous methodology it can guide the delineation of unconscious processing. Under this perspective, the function of consciousness is to increase the saliency of conscious contents by facilitating the deployment of focal attention.

Type
Open Peer Commentary
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016 

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