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Towards the Neuronal Correlate of Visual Consciousness

Christof Koch, California Institute of Technology


The main purposes of this talk are to set out for neuroscientists our approach (e.g. Crick and Koch,. 1998) to the problem of consciousness and to describe the relevant ongoing experimental efforts in the case of vision. I will focus on psychophysical, functional imaging and electrophysiological investigation of the primate visual system.

In the second part of my talk, I will discuss Jackendoff's "Intermediate Level Theory of Consciousness" as well as related work of others, that implies that we are not conscious of our thoughts. I will apply this hypothesis to the visual system of the macaque monkey and discuss possible experimental tests.


Crick, F. and Koch, C. Consciousness and Neuroscience. Cerebral Cortex 8: 97-107, 1998.

Complete text of most recent review paper by Francis Crick and Christof Koch: http://www.klab.caltech.edu/~koch/crick-koch-cc-97.html

Ipke Wachsmuth, 1998-09-07