Re-representing consciousness: dissociations between experience and meta-consciousness.

TitleRe-representing consciousness: dissociations between experience and meta-consciousness.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSchooler JW
JournalTrends Cogn Sci
Date Published2002 Aug 01

A distinction is drawn between non-conscious (unexperienced), conscious (experienced), and meta-conscious (re-represented) mental processes. There is evidence for two types of dissociations between consciousness and meta-consciousness, the latter being defined as the intermittent explicit re-representation of the contents of consciousness. Temporal dissociations occur when an individual, who previously lacked meta-consciousness about the contents of consciousness, directs meta-consciousness towards those contents; for example, catching one's mind wandering during reading. Once meta-consciousness is triggered, translation dissociations can occur if the re-representation process misrepresents the original experience, such as when one verbally reflects on non-verbal experiences or takes stock of subtle or ambiguous experiences.

Alternate JournalTrends Cogn. Sci. (Regul. Ed.)
PubMed ID12140084