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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

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

Ronald A. Rensink

Oxford University Press

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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