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FORM: ARTICLE
Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis, USA
Title: Consciousness and commissurotomy: V. Concerning an hypothesis of normal dual consciousness.
Source: Journal of Mind & Behavior, 1993 Spr, 1993. 14 (2): p.179-202
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Commissurotomy Consciousness States
Added Keywords: cross modal integration across hemispheres & compatibility with R. Puccetti's theory of dual consciousness
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Presents a "Puccetti-compatible" account (PCA) of cross-modal integration, which (1) does not assign this function to connecting fibers and (2) proposes 2 integrative conscious foci, one in each hemisphere of both normal and automized individuals. Contrary to the commissural-integrative hypothesis, R. Puccetti (e.g., 1973, 1989) argues that all normal people have 2 streams of consciousness and that the cerebral commissures cannot fuse into a single stream any processes proceeding in different hemispheres. Also highlighted is an argument against Puccetti that, since the same kind of connecting fibers must be responsible for humans having unified cross-modal experiences, they must be able to do the job, as well, of integrating processes across hemispheres. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)