Executive functions of working memory control an access consciousness: An NCC approach

[Speaker] Osaka, Naoyuki:1
1:Kyoto University (Japan)

Neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) could be divided into two types of conscious representations; phenomenal consciousness and access-consciousness (Block, 2007). NCC of phenomenal-consciousness is the minimal neural basis of content of an experience in general while an access consciousness consists of information globally available in the wide cognitive system for reasoning, speech and other purpose-oriented action control.
Therefore, an access consciousness is likely closely related to executive functions of working memory in which the temporally stored set of experience or information being bounded and manipulated by executive functions such as updating, inhibition, planning or focusing. Global availability motivates the idea that there is a global workspace where conscious representations is broadcast in this space (Baars, 1988) . We suggest the NCC of information being sent to the global workspace can be called an access consciousness based on working memory and is tightly connected to executive functions of working memory.
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