Scientific Understanding of Consciousness
Consciousness as an Emergent Property of Thalamocortical Activity

Allan Hobsonís Building Blocks of Consciousness

(Allan Hobson; Consciousness, 16)

Component

Definition

Level

 

Input sources

 

Sensation

Reception of input data

1

Perception

Representation of input data

1

Attention

Selection of input data

1

Emotion

Feelings about representations

1

Instinct

Innate propensities to act

 

 

Elaborative processing

 

Memory

Retrieval of stored representations

2

Thought

Reflection upon representations

2

Language

Symbolization of representations

2

Intention

Representations of goals

2

Orientation

Representations of time, place, and persons

2

Learning

Automatic recording of experience

1

 

Output actions

 

Volition

Decisions to act

2

Movement

Motor acts and behaviors

1