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Generation of the Stream of Consciousness by Neuronal Synaptic Interaction

Version 1 : Received: 27 January 2020 / Approved: 29 January 2020 / Online: 29 January 2020 (04:17:53 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 3 March 2020 / Approved: 4 March 2020 / Online: 4 March 2020 (04:54:40 CET)

How to cite: Duggins, A. Generation of the Stream of Consciousness by Neuronal Synaptic Interaction. Preprints 2020, 2020010345 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202001.0345.v1). Duggins, A. Generation of the Stream of Consciousness by Neuronal Synaptic Interaction. Preprints 2020, 2020010345 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202001.0345.v1).

Abstract

In previous work, a quantum mathematical formalism associated an element of experience with a single sensory neuron, as a local reduction of a global mental state. In contrast to the binary objective states of neuronal polarisation/depolarisation, neuronal experience was modeled as a continuous variable, the instantaneous value of which could only be estimated statistically from an ensemble of evoked responses to stereotyped stimulus presentation. In the present work, the quantum operations formalism of energy dissipation through amplitude damping is adopted to explain how smooth evolution of conscious experience might arise from discrete spikes and discontinuous synaptic transmission between neurons.

Subject Areas

stream of consciousness; quantum mechanics; decoherence theory; synaptic transmission; spike; action potential; neural code; neural correlate of consciousness

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