At a glance:
- Author: Bernard J. Baars
- First Published: 1997
- Type of Work: Psychology
- Genres: Nonfiction, Psychology
- Subjects: Memory, Philosophy or philosophers, Psychology or psychologists, Consciousness, Learning or scholarship, Instinct, Thought or thinking, Brain
Few readers would be astonished to learn that reading requires an act of consciousness. What many may not realize is that much of the act of reading also depends on a variety of unconscious mechanisms. For various reasons, since the early years of the twentieth century, the bulk of psychological research has confined itself to description and analysis of these unconscious mechanisms, while dismissing consciousness as an ephemeral and essentially meaningless byproduct of the brain’s workings. By the final decades of the century, however, many theorists had come to realize that this...
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