Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Dept of Psychology, Davis, CA, USA
Title: The presence of environmental objects to perceptual consciousness: A difference it makes for psychological functioning.
Source: American Journal of Psychology, 1997 Win, 1997. 110 (4): p.507-526Reference.
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States Mental Health Perception Phenomenology
Added Keywords: difference that presence of enviornmental objects to phenomenological perceptual consciousness makes to psychological functioning
Classification Code: General Psychology (2100)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Discusses a major difference that phenomenological perceptual presence makes to psychological functioning. It is stated that, of the states that constitute James's stream of consciousness, many are, or include, perceptual mental acts. These states present to consciousness one or more of their environmental objects themselves, as distinct from a mere internal representation of the latter. A feature of the contents of such states is that their objects have phenomenological perceptual presence. Furthermore, this presence plays a role in mental functioning beyond simply its being instatiated by many states of consciousness. Thus, we often base what we do next with respect to an environmental object that we perceive on its phenomenological perceptual presence to us. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)