The place of consciousness in the information processing approach: The mental-pool thought experiment

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (3):537-538 (1996)
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Velmans (1991a; 1991b) proposed that consciousness plays a minor explanatory role in the information processing approach and that unconscious mechanisms process stimuli and responses and intervene between them. In contrast, the present commentary describes a thought experiment suggesting that, although input information is initially processed unconsciously, subsequent processing involves consciousness, and consciousness plays an important role in the explanation of behavior



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