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Jonardon Ganeri

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198757405.001.0001

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Working Memory and Attention

Working Memory and Attention

(p.201) 10 Working Memory and Attention
Attention, Not Self

Jonardon Ganeri

Oxford University Press

Increasingly it is recognized that selection is not the only function of attention; rather, ‘attention gates what comes to be encoded into short-term memory, helps maintain information in short-term memory, and dynamically modulates the information being maintained’ (Nobre and Kastner 2014: 1215; my italics). Recent empirical literature affirms the existence of early and late selective attention as distinct attentional phenomena but points to a dissociation between selective attention of either sort and maintenance of information in working memory. This chapter will demonstrate that the Buddhist concept of javana ‘running’ is a concept of working memory and that all the processes in Buddhaghosa’s pathway to consciousness are associated with functional roles that are actually realized by recognized entities in psychology and neuroscience.

Keywords:   philosophy of mind, Buddhist philosophy, working memory, gate-keeping, internal monitoring, global workspace, Buddhaghosa

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