Attention and consciousness: related yet different

Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Feb;16(2):103-5. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2011.11.012. Epub 2011 Dec 7.


A recent perceptual imaging experiment uses a rare 2×2 design to dissociate selective visual attention from visual consciousness. Its conclusions support the hypothesis that visual consciousness does not arise from neurons in primary visual cortex and forces a reinterpretation of numerous prior studies.

MeSH terms

  • Attention / physiology*
  • Awareness / physiology
  • Consciousness / physiology*
  • Functional Neuroimaging
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Photic Stimulation*
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*
  • Visual Perception / physiology*