Modeling the Neural Basis of Cognitive
Integration and Consciousness
Murray Shanahan and Dustin Connor
This paper presents a number of models whose aim is to
establish a computational basis for the hypothesis that
conscious information processing in the brain is mediated by a
mechanism of global broadcast. A possible role for this putative
"global neuronal workspace" in achieving cognitive integration
is mooted in the context of modular theories of mind, and an
argument is advanced for its likely emergence within the sort of
small-world brain network seemingly favoured by evolution.
The paper concludes with some speculation on the relationship
between life and consciousness as it could be.