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Memory theorists have discussed the role of
consciousness since Ebbinghaus, and in recent years Tulving,
Schacter and Baddeley have particularly addressed the
question. Obviously it is essential to have some hypotheses
about what consciousness is and does in order to integrate it
into current theory.
IDA model, a conceptual and computational implementation of
Global Workspace Theory, suggests sharp and testable claims
about the several roles consciousness plays in updating and
utilizing the various human memory systems.
recent articles from Trends in Cognitive Sciences are
available online. One is a summary of Global Workspace theory
(Baars, 2002), and the second, a paper on the
role of Consciousness in Working Memory from this perspective
(Baars and Franklin, 2003). The weekend
Workshop on the Role of Consciousness in Memory will focus on
a third (draft) paper on Consciousness and Memory by Franklin,
Baars, Ramamurthy and Ventura (draft online). These papers suggest testable
claims about relationships between the various memory systems,
and the roles that conscious events may play in learning,
rehearsal, and retrieval.
This workshop is designed to encourage dialogue among
the organizers, the four keynote memory researchers, and the
participants. There is no fee but attendance is limited;
registration and acceptance are required. A reception and a poster session are
planned for the first evening. Memory researchers and students of memory
are encouraged to attend and participate in order to enrich
the dialogue to everyone’s benefit. Accepted participants may
present their empirical or theoretical research as a poster
during the Saturday evening poster session.
more information, please contact the Organizers: