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Phenomenal QualitiesSense, Perception, and Consciousness$
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Paul Coates and Sam Coleman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712718.001.0001

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A Function-Centered Taxonomy of Visual Attention

A Function-Centered Taxonomy of Visual Attention

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(p.346) (p.347) 12 A Function-Centered Taxonomy of Visual Attention
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Phenomenal Qualities
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Ronald A. Rensink

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712718.003.0013

It is suggested that the relationship between visual attention and conscious visual experience can be simplified by distinguishing different aspects of both visual attention and visual experience. A set of principles is first proposed in this chapter for any possible taxonomy of the processes involved in visual attention. A particular taxonomy is then put forward that describes five of these processes, each of which has a distinct function and characteristic mode of operation. Based on these processes, three separate kinds—or possibly grades—of conscious visual experience can be distinguished, each being associated with a particular combination of attentional processes.

Keywords:   attention, binding, change blindness, coherence, consciousness, inattentional blindness, taxonomy, vision, visual experience, visual perception

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