Brain and Mind

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 385–406 | Cite as

Neural Mechanisms of Visual Awareness: A Linking Proposition

  • Victor A.F. Lamme


Recent developments in psychology and neuroscience suggest away to link the mental phenomenon of visual awareness with specific neural processes. Here, it is argued that the feed-forward activation of cells in any area of the brain is not sufficient to generate awareness, but that recurrent processing, mediated by horizontal and feedback connections is necessary. In linking awareness with its neural mechanisms it is furthermore important to dissociate phenomenal awareness from visual attention or decision processes.

attention consciousness cortico-cortical connections feedback feedforward recurrent processing visual awareness 


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  • Victor A.F. Lamme
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Neurosciences, Dept. Visual System Analysis, AMCUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.The Netherlands Ophthalmic Research InstituteAmsterdamThe Netherlands (E-mail:

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