Consciousness, higher-order thought, and stimulus reinforcement Academic Article uri icon


  • Rolls defends a higher-order thought theory of phenomenal consciousness, mapping the distinction between conscious and non-conscious states onto a distinction between two types of action and corresponding neural pathways. Only one type of action involves higher-order thought and consequently consciousness. This account of consciousness has implausible consequences for the nature of stimulus-reinforcement learning.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bermúdez, J. L.

publication date

  • January 1, 2000 11:11 AM