+SIEGEL ON BRAIN HEMISPHERE CONSCOUSNESS

CONSCIOUSNESS NOTES

“We can suggest that perhaps the most active representations may be the ones that become recruited and then have the potential to enter the spotlight of conscious awareness.  Consciousness may in fact be quite distinct on each side of the brain….the right hemisphere is a master at representing social context, whereas the left remains focused on details devoid of contextual meaning.  The social context of a situation determines the nature of action of the appraisal systems.  Internal context, the history of present and recent representational activity, also directly affects the way the appraisal systems work.  The impact of representational processes on each side of the brain may create quite distinct contextual influences on the appraisal process and lead to distinct senses of conscious awareness.  (siegel/tdm/154)”  (imbedded in section on emotion)

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