Development of Conscious Control and Imagination
This chapter describes a paradox of conscious control: less consciousness can index more advanced forms of thought. First, it is argued that the conscious process develops in infancy and childhood and is exercised via increases in volition and top-down control of action, thought, and emotion (executive function). The second claim, however, is that development in the case of consciousness is not strictly an upward-bound process but rather can be characterized as a balance between objectivity and personal, tacit knowledge.
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