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Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Feb;16(2):103-5. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2011.11.012. Epub 2011 Dec 7.

Attention and consciousness: related yet different.

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  • 1Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA.


A recent perceptual imaging experiment uses a rare 2×2 design to dissociate selective visual attention from visual consciousness. Its conclusions support the hypothesis that visual consciousness does not arise from neurons in primary visual cortex and forces a reinterpretation of numerous prior studies.

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