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The Centered Mind: What the Science of Working Memory Shows Us About the Nature of Human Thought

Peter Carruthers


This book is about the nature and causal determinants of both reflective thinking and the stream of consciousness. It argues that conscious thought is always sensory based, utilizing the resources of the working-memory system, which has been much studied by cognitive scientists. This system enables sensory images to be sustained and manipulated through attentional signals directed at midlevel sensory areas of the brain. When abstract conceptual representations are bound into these images, we experience ourselves as making judgments or arriving at decisions. Thus one might hear oneself as judgi ... More

Keywords: attention, consciousness, imagery, thought, propositional attitude, reflection, working memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198738824
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Carruthers, author
University of Maryland