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A framework for consciousness

Crick, Francis and Koch, Christof (2003) A framework for consciousness. Nature Neuroscience, 6 (2). pp. 119-126. ISSN 1097-6256.

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Here we summarize our present approach to the problem of consciousness. After an introduction outlining our general strategy, we describe what is meant by the term 'framework' and set it out under ten headings. This framework offers a coherent scheme for explaining the neural correlates of (visual) consciousness in terms of competing cellular assemblies. Most of the ideas we favor have been suggested before, but their combination is original. We also outline some general experimental approaches to the problem and, finally, acknowledge some relevant aspects of the brain that have been left out of the proposed framework.

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Additional Information:©2003 Nature Publishing Group. Received 12 September; accepted 9 December 2002. We thank P.S. Churchland, D. Eagleman, G. Kreiman, N. Logothetis, G. Mitchison, T. Poggio, V. Ramachandran, A. Revonsuo and J. Reynolds for thoughtful comments, O. Crick for the drawing and the J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation, the W.M. Keck Foundation Fund for Discovery in Basic Medical Research at Caltech, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation for financial support.
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