Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
O'Brien & Opie: Connectionism and phenomenal experience

Trains, planes, and brains: Attention and consciousness


Max Coltheart a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia bhs@mq.edu.au

Abstract

O'Brien & Opie believe that some mental representations are evoked by stimuli to which a person is attending, and other mental representations are evoked by stimuli to which attention was not paid. I argue that this is the classical view of consciousness; yet this is the view which they wish to challenge.



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