Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The self-organizing consciousness

Pierre Perruchet a1 and Annie Vinter a1
a1 Université de Bourgogne, LEAD/CNRS, 21000 Dijon, France


We propose that the isomorphism generally observed between the representations composing our momentary phenomenal experience and the structure of the world is the end-product of a progressive organization that emerges thanks to elementary associative processes that take our conscious representations themselves as the stuff on which they operate, a thesis that we summarize in the concept of Self-Organizing Consciousness (SOC).

Key Words: Associative learning; automatism; consciousness; development; implicit learning; incubation; language; mental representation; perception; phenomenal experience.