Open Questions: Consciousness and Attention
Open Directory Project: Consciousness Studies
- Categorized and annotated links. A version of this
list is at
Google, with entries sorted in "page rank" order. May also be
Links on Consciousness, Mind, and Cognition
- By Nigel J. T. Thomas.
CogSci World - Consciousness
- Annotated list of links by Henrik Gelius.
Galaxy: Consciousness Studies
- Categorized site directory. Entries usually include
Sites with general resources
David Chalmers' Home Page
- Chalmers is a philosopher working especially in the philosophy
of mind. He has written extensively on consciousness, and his site
contains a great deal of relevant material on the subject, including
a very large list of links to
online papers on consciousnes.
There is also a very good bibliography of
scientific studies of consciousness.
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
What Makes You Uniquely "You"?
- January 2009 Discover interview with Gerald Edelman,
mostly on Edelman's views about consciousness.
Coming to Attention
- July 2006 Scientific American Sidebar, subtitled
"How the brain decides what to focus conscious attention on."
Why great minds can't grasp consciousness
- August 2005 article that discusses the possibility of a science
When Does Consciousness Arise in Human Babies?
- September 2009 Scientific American Mind article by
"Does sentience appear in the womb, at birth or during early
The Movie in Your Head
- September 2005 Scientific American sidebar, by Christof
Koch, subtitled "Is consciousness a seamless experience or a
string of fleeting images, like frames of a movie? The emerging
answer will determine whether the way we perceive the world is
The Quest of Christof Koch
- May 2005 Scientific American Mind article profiling
The Quest to Find Consciousness
- January 2004 Scientific American Sidebar, subtitled
"By studying the brain's physical processes, scientists are
seeking clues about how the subjective inner life of the mind
- January 2001 Scientific American article, subtitled
"Jokes, ice water and magnetism can change your view of the
suggests that the brain sometimes constructs alternative
representations that then compete for conscious attention.
A Mind for Consciousness
- July 2001 Scientific American Profile article about
consciousness-researcher Christof Koch of Caltech.
Crick's Treatment of Consciousness
- Critique of Crick's The Astonishing Hypothesis, by
Emblems of Awareness
Science News, February 11, 2012
- Brain signatures lead scientists to the seat of consciousness.
Humans wonder, anybody home?
Science News, December 19, 2009
- Brain structure and circuitry offer clues to consciousness
Consciousness in the Raw
Science News, September 15, 2007
- The brain stem may orchestrate the basics of awareness.
- Spreading Consciousness
Science News, October 19, 2002, pp. 251-252
- A statistical analysis of data from functional magnetic
resonance imaging studies of the brain may be telling us
something about consciousness as a process that involves the
- Linking Mind to Brain: The Mathematics of Biological
Notices of the AMS, December 2000, pp. 1361-1372
- The question of how the brain gives rise to the mind may now
be within reach of mathematical modeling. There are now mathematical
models of brain function that can quantitatively simulate observed
dynamics of cells in brain circuitry.
[Article in PDF format]
- Do You See What They See?
Discover, December 1999, pp. 80-87
- Synesthesia is a rare trait which mixes sensory experience
in some people, enabling them to see sounds, smeall colors, and
taste shapes. Study of synesthesia may tell us a lot about
- How the Brain Creates the Mind
Antonio R. Damasio
Scientific American, December 1999, pp. 112-117
- Neuroscience is finally beginning to clarify how consciousness --
the sense of self -- arises from the function of specific portions
of the brain.
- Vision: A Window on Consciousness
Nikos K. Logothetis
Scientific American, November 1999, pp. 68-75
- The study of visual illusions can help understand the neural
mechanisms of consciousness
- The Puzzle of Conscious Experience
David J. Chalmers
Scientific American, December 1995, pp. 80-86
- In recent years neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers
have increasingly regarded consciousness as a phenomenon that might
be amenable to better explanation. The author, nevertheless, believes
that the question of how physical processes in the brain give rise
to subjective experience remains a hard problem.
- Can Science Explain Consciousness?
Scientific American, July 1994, pp. 88-94
- Whether science can ever hope to "explain" consciousness is
hotly debated. Opinions range from a certainty that neurobiology
can do it to the belief that consciousness is a mystery too
profound even for philosophy.
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