Damasio’s Model of Core Consciousness<br />An interpretation of the model proposed in The Feeling of What Happens (Damasio...
Brain<br />Body<br />Divide the world into the brain, and everything else<br />The non-brain can be divided into self and ...
Brain<br />The body (e.g. position of limbs, state of the viscera, hormone levels) is mapped is neural structures<br />A r...
Brain<br />Objects  can be in any of the  categories: states in the brain (e.g. anger), the body observed, or things in th...
Brain<br />Brain processing triggerschanges in body state<br />A representation of the object<br />A representationof body...
Brain<br />Brain processing triggerschanges in body state<br />A representation of the object<br />A changed representatio...
A representation of the  co-occurrence of the object  and resulting changes in the body<br />Brain<br />Brain processing t...
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A simple (simplistic) graphic interpretation of the model for core consciousness proposed by Antonio Damasio in "The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness" (Harcourt, 1999)

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Damasio consciousness model

  1. 1. Damasio’s Model of Core Consciousness<br />An interpretation of the model proposed in The Feeling of What Happens (Damasio 1999)<br />Pierre de Vries, April 2010<br />Version 3, 28 April 2010<br />
  2. 2. Brain<br />Body<br />Divide the world into the brain, and everything else<br />The non-brain can be divided into self and non-self, one of the most basic cognitive distinctions <br />Outsideworld<br />
  3. 3. Brain<br />The body (e.g. position of limbs, state of the viscera, hormone levels) is mapped is neural structures<br />A representationof body state<br />The body and its state<br />Body<br />The body is represented as a neural map in the brain<br />Outsideworld<br />
  4. 4. Brain<br />Objects can be in any of the categories: states in the brain (e.g. anger), the body observed, or things in the world (e.g. a face, a snake).Just like body state, objects are also mapped<br />A representation of the object<br />A representationof body state<br />Some object<br />The body and its state<br />Body<br />Likewise, a map is created for any object the brain attends to<br />Outsideworld<br />
  5. 5. Brain<br />Brain processing triggerschanges in body state<br />A representation of the object<br />A representationof body state<br />Some object<br />The body and its state<br />Body<br />The object, directly and/or through brain processing of its map, triggers changes in the body<br />Outsideworld<br />Direct change in body state<br />
  6. 6. Brain<br />Brain processing triggerschanges in body state<br />A representation of the object<br />A changed representationof body state<br />Some object<br />The body and its state<br />Body<br />These changes alter the body map<br />Outsideworld<br />Direct change in body state<br />
  7. 7. A representation of the co-occurrence of the object and resulting changes in the body<br />Brain<br />Brain processing triggerschanges in body state<br />A representation of the object<br />A changed representationof body state<br />Some object<br />The body and its state<br />Body<br />The correlation of object and body state generates core consciousness<br />Outsideworld<br />Direct change in body state<br />
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