Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Dept of Psychology, Davis, USA
Title: The stream of consciousness: V. William James's change of view.
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1993-1994. 13 (4): p.347-366
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Cognition Consciousness States James (William)
Added Keywords: W. James' conception of & change of view regarding temporal structure of stream of consciousness
Classification Code: History & Systems (2140)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Discusses 2 aspects of W. James's conception regarding the stream of consciousness: (1) the kind of mental-occurrence instance that is the stream's basic durational component, and (2) the change in James's explicit account of the temporal structure of the stream, fromThe Principles of Psychologyto his later understanding. James's stream consists of "consciousness" ("states of consciousness") as defined in the 2nd half of the Oxford English Dictionary's 4th entry for consciousness. James had held that the consciousnesses constituting the stream were not distinct occurrences. Rather, they were phases of a single protracted process that goes on, except for time gaps when all mentality stops. However, he argued later that the stream consists of adjacent drops of experience with nothing in between them. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)