Author(s): Grossberg, S. |
Citation: American Scientist, 83, 438-449.
Abstract: Myriad signals relentlessly bombard our senses. These signals may arrive in disconnected pieces, yet we can integrate them as unified moments of conscious experience. the apparent singularity and coherence of an experience depends on how the brain processes environmental events. That processing concentrates on context. If you look at a complex picture, such as a photograph of a famous face, you probably recognize it at a glance, but you will never recognize it by looking at it piece by piece. Such context-dependent processing emerges because the brain typically operates on sensory data in parallel, or in batches.