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'Reality' and 'Virtual Reality' Mechanisms in the Brain and their Significance

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Abstract:

This paper presents the results of some recent experiments in neuroscience and introspectionist psychology that reveal the role of virtual reality in normal visual perception, and the use of television information compression technology by the visual brain. This involves particularly the cholinergic system in the forebrain. This research throws new light on the nature of consciousness, in particular in connection with the debate between Naïve Realists and Physiological Realists.

Keywords: Direct Realism; Perception; Physiological Realism; colour vision; consciousness; neurocomputation; television information compression technology; virtual reality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for Brain and Cognition, UCSD and the Institute of Neurology, University College, London., Email: smythies@psy2.ucsd.edu

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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