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The geometry of consciousness.
Conscious Cogn 2018; 64:207-215CC

Abstract

Conscious experience implies a reference-frame or vantage, which is often important in scientific models. Control models of ball-interception are used as an example. Models that use viewer-dependent egocentric reference-frames are contrasted with viewer-independent allocentric ones. Allocentric reference-frames serve well for models like Newtonian physics, which utilize static coordinate-systems that allow forces and object-movements to be compartmentalized. In contrast, egocentric reference-frames are natural for modeling mobile organisms or robots when controlling perception-action behavior. Lower-level perception-action behavior is often characterized using egocentric coordinate-systems that optimize processing-speed, while higher-level cognitive-processes use allocentric frames that provide a stationary spatial reference. Brain-behavior models like the Ventral-Stream What System, and Dorsal-Stream Where-How System, also respectively utilize allocentric and egocentric reference-frames. Reference-frame clarification can resolve disputes about models of control-tasks like running to catch baseballs, and can provide insights for biomimetic-robots. Confusion regarding geometry and reference-frames contributes to a lack of clarity between how and when egocentric versus allocentric geometries are imposed, with perception-actions generally being more egocentric and conscious experience more allocentric.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Arizona State University, United States. Electronic address: michael.mcbeath@asu.edu.Arizona State University, United States.Ohio State University, Mansfield, United States.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30031669

Citation

McBeath, Michael K., et al. "The Geometry of Consciousness." Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 64, 2018, pp. 207-215.
McBeath MK, Tang TY, Shaffer DM. The geometry of consciousness. Conscious Cogn. 2018;64:207-215.
McBeath, M. K., Tang, T. Y., & Shaffer, D. M. (2018). The geometry of consciousness. Consciousness and Cognition, 64, pp. 207-215. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2018.04.015.
McBeath MK, Tang TY, Shaffer DM. The Geometry of Consciousness. Conscious Cogn. 2018;64:207-215. PubMed PMID: 30031669.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The geometry of consciousness. AU - McBeath,Michael K, AU - Tang,Ty Y, AU - Shaffer,Dennis M, Y1 - 2018/07/19/ PY - 2018/02/07/received PY - 2018/04/24/revised PY - 2018/04/26/accepted PY - 2018/7/23/pubmed PY - 2018/7/23/medline PY - 2018/7/23/entrez KW - Algebra KW - Allocentric KW - Analytic geometry KW - Baseball KW - Cartesian KW - Catching KW - Collision avoidance KW - Consciousness KW - Coordinate system KW - Egocentric KW - Euclidean KW - Exocentric KW - Fly ball KW - Intercepting KW - Outfielder KW - Reference frame SP - 207 EP - 215 JF - Consciousness and cognition JO - Conscious Cogn VL - 64 N2 - Conscious experience implies a reference-frame or vantage, which is often important in scientific models. Control models of ball-interception are used as an example. Models that use viewer-dependent egocentric reference-frames are contrasted with viewer-independent allocentric ones. Allocentric reference-frames serve well for models like Newtonian physics, which utilize static coordinate-systems that allow forces and object-movements to be compartmentalized. In contrast, egocentric reference-frames are natural for modeling mobile organisms or robots when controlling perception-action behavior. Lower-level perception-action behavior is often characterized using egocentric coordinate-systems that optimize processing-speed, while higher-level cognitive-processes use allocentric frames that provide a stationary spatial reference. Brain-behavior models like the Ventral-Stream What System, and Dorsal-Stream Where-How System, also respectively utilize allocentric and egocentric reference-frames. Reference-frame clarification can resolve disputes about models of control-tasks like running to catch baseballs, and can provide insights for biomimetic-robots. Confusion regarding geometry and reference-frames contributes to a lack of clarity between how and when egocentric versus allocentric geometries are imposed, with perception-actions generally being more egocentric and conscious experience more allocentric. SN - 1090-2376 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30031669/The_geometry_of_consciousness_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1053-8100(18)30062-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -