Conscious perception as a dynamical and plastic process

Research report (imported) 2010 - Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

Melloni, Lucia; Schwiedrzik, Caspar M.
Neurophysiologie (Singer)
Max-Planck-Institut für Hirnforschung, Frankfurt am Main
Which factors determine whether a stimulus is consciously perceived or unconsciously processed? Here it is investigated how previous knowledge affects perception and its underlying neuronal processes. Furthermore, it is investigated whether conscious perception can be learned. The results show that conscious perception is not solely due to the amount of information that a stimulus carries. Rather, conscious perception is the result of a plastic, integrative process during which current information interacts with previously acquired knowledge.

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