Development of Conscious Control and Imagination: How might they work?

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This chapter describes a paradox of conscious control: less consciousness can index more advanced forms of thought. First, it is argued that the conscious process develops in infancy and childhood and is exercised via increases in volition and top-down control of action, thought, and emotion (executive function). The second claim, however, is that development in the case of consciousness is not strictly an upward-bound process but rather can be characterized as a balance between objectivity and personal, tacit knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFree Will and Consciousness: How Might They Work?
EditorsR F Baumeister, A R Mele, K D Vohs
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199863341
ISBN (Print)019538976X, 9780195389760
StatePublished - Jun 10 2010

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  • Awareness
  • Childhood
  • Consciousness
  • Development
  • Executive function
  • Free will
  • Reflection
  • Volition


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