ith the emergence of cognitive psychology in 1980's consciousness has become a popular topic for numerous books. In recent years, cognitive psychologists have been especiallyinterested with four interrelated concerned with consciousness.
The ability to brought thoughts into consciousness.
Our ability to let thoughts escape from consciousness.
Blind sight, reveals that people can perform quite accurately on cognitive tasks, eventhey are not aware to their accurate performance.
erspective on unconsciousness.
THEORIES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
PERCEPTUAL FIELD BASED TH EORIES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
In almost all theories of consciousness there is, in some form or other, what is called the perceptual field which is later called as the
Blackboard, Global Workspace
, and the
. In some cases, the theory is independent of the exact nature of the perceptual field. However, in others the influence of presentational concepts and terminologyis reflected in the theory¶s view of consciousness.
BAARS¶ COGNITIVE THEORY
Baars develops a cognitive theory of consciousness. In this, a broad definition of
is used in which it is treated as a distinct system to the rest of brainfunctioning, i.e. the µunconscious¶ with a strong emphasis on cognition. The brain iscomposed of interacting subsystems, one of which is conscious and self controlled.Central to the theory is the ³Global
orkspace´, a common area where messages arerelayed and broadcast, it has a strong presentational character. Here is whereconsciousness is said to reside, although details are not given as to what makes