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Is There Release from Masking from Isomorphism between Perception and Action?

Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA
Department of Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm SE-17177, Sweden
Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, EP 301, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA
Department of Neurology, University of California, 350 Parnassus Ave, Room 706, Box 1207, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Brain Sci. 2014, 4(2), 220-239;
Received: 6 December 2013 / Revised: 13 February 2014 / Accepted: 11 March 2014 / Published: 26 March 2014
The phenomenon of “entry into awareness” is one of the most challenging puzzles in neuroscience. Research has shown how entry is influenced by processes that are “bottom-up” (e.g., stimulus salience, motion, novelty, incentive and emotional quality) and associated with working memory. Although consciousness is intimately related to action, action-based entry remains under-explored. We review research showing that action-related processing influences the nature of percepts already in conscious awareness and present three experiments that, using a “release-from-masking” technique, examine whether action plans can also influence that which enters awareness in the first place. The present data, though intriguing and consistent with previous research, are not definitive. The limitations and theoretical implications of the findings are discussed. We hope that these experiments will spur further investigation of this understudied topic. View Full-Text
Keywords: consciousness; ideomotor theory; perceptual resonance; perception-and-action consciousness; ideomotor theory; perceptual resonance; perception-and-action
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Dennehy, T.C.; Cooper, S.; Molapour, T.; Morsella, E. Is There Release from Masking from Isomorphism between Perception and Action? Brain Sci. 2014, 4, 220-239.

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