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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-15

The conscious access hypothesis: Explaining the consciousness

Department of Psychiatry, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, India

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Ravi Prakash
Hostel No.1, Room No. 10, Boys Hostel, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.39752

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The phenomenon of conscious awareness or consciousness is complicated but fascinating. Although this concept has intrigued the mankind since antiquity, exploration of consciousness from scientific perspectives is not very old. Among myriad of theories regarding nature, functions and mechanism of consciousness, off late, cognitive theories have received wider acceptance. One of the most exciting hypotheses in recent times has been the "conscious access hypotheses" based on the "global workspace model of consciousness". It underscores an important property of consciousness, the global access of information in cerebral cortex. Present article reviews the "conscious access hypothesis" in terms of its theoretical underpinnings as well as experimental supports it has received.



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