Consciousness without corticocentrism: Beating an evolutionary path

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (1):91-92 (2007)
Abstract
Merker's approach allows the formulation of an evolutionary view of consciousness that abandons a dependence on structural homology – in this case, the presence of a cerebral cortex – in favor of functional concordance. In contrast to Merker, though, I maintain that the emergence of complex, dynamic interactions, such as those which occur between thalamus and cortex, was central to the appearance of consciousness. (Published Online May 1 2007)
Keywords Cerebral Cortex*  Consciousness States*  Neurology*  Neurophysiology*  Neuropsychology*  Experimental Psychology  Motivation
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