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The Conscious Brain$
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Jesse Prinz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314595

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314595.001.0001

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How Is Consciousness Realized? Gamma Vectorwaves

How Is Consciousness Realized? Gamma Vectorwaves

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(p.123) 4 How Is Consciousness Realized? Gamma Vectorwaves
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The Conscious Brain
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Jesse J. Prinz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314595.003.0004

Chapters 3 and 4 defend a theory according to which conscious states are attended intermediate-level representations, or AIRs. When expressed this way, the AIR theory described the psychological correlated of consciousness, but not the neural correlates. This chapter asks how consciousness arises in the brain, and thus seeks the neural correlates of AIRs. Intermediate-level representations are hypothesized to be realized by temporal patterns in populations of neurons, or vectorwaves. Vectorwaves, it is argued, are important for distinguishing states with different qualitative character. Attention is said to be realized by neural oscillations within the gamma band. This confirms older theories that relate consciousness to gamma activity, but this theories differs from some others by relating gamma to attention rather than binding. Putting these two elements together, the neural correlates of AIRs are gamma vectorwaves.

Keywords:   gamma oscillations, vectorwaves, neural coding, color, attention, neural correlates of consciousness, the AIR theory of consciousness

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