The main functions of such metarepresentations are 1 to redescribe the target first-order representations in such a way as to explicitly indicate mental attitude, and 2 to subserve prediction-driven control mechanisms. Crucially, 1 such metarepresentations do not need to be conscious themselves as in HOT , and 2 they emerge over training and development as a result of unconscious prediction-driven learning and plasticity mechanisms. In a sense thus, this is the enactive perspective, but turned both inwards and further outwards.
I subtend these ideas by exploring empirical evidence that conscious experience is shaped by learning and through neural network models that simulate the relationships between performance and awareness in the different tasks. Next, I turn to the link between self-awareness and theory of mind. The main argument is that developing infants continuously attempt to predict not only the consequences of their actions on the world, but also the consequences of their actions on other agents.
But there is a crucial difference between interactions with the world and interactions with other agents: Understanding the reactions of the latter, unlike the former, requires assuming the existence of hidden, unobservables states.
Thus, when one learns to interact with other agents, one also forms mental models of the internal states of those other agents. There is thus a direct link between theory of mind and self-awareness, a point that was forcefully argued by Carruthers. Share This Paper. Background Citations. Methods Citations. Results Citations. Figures and Topics from this paper. Citation Type. Has PDF. Publication Type. More Filters. Research Feed. Connecting Conscious and Unconscious Processing.
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