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Is conscious perception a series of discrete temporal frames?

White, Peter 2018. Is conscious perception a series of discrete temporal frames? Consciousness and Cognition 60 , pp. 98-126. 10.1016/j.concog.2018.02.012

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This paper reviews proposals that conscious perception consists, in whole or part, of successive discrete temporal frames on the sub-second time scale, each frame containing information registered as simultaneous or static. Although the idea of discrete frames in conscious perception cannot be regarded as falsified, there are many problems. Evidence does not consistently support any proposed duration or range of durations for frames. EEG waveforms provide evidence of periodicity in brain activity, but not necessarily in conscious perception. Temporal properties of perceptual processes are flexible in response to competing processing demands, which is hard to reconcile with the relative inflexibility of regular frames. There are also problems concerning the definition of frames, the need for informational connections between frames, the means by which boundaries between frames are established, and the apparent requirement for a storage buffer for information awaiting entry to the next frame.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1053-8100
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 21 February 2018
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 06:23

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