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Beyond the Reward Principle: Consciousness as Precision Seeking

Fotopoulou, A; (2013) Beyond the Reward Principle: Consciousness as Precision Seeking. Neuropsychoanalysis , 15 (1) pp. 33-38. 10.1080/15294145.2013.10773715. Green open access

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Abstract

I use an influential computational theory of brain function—the free-energy principle—to suggest three points of added complexity to Mark Solms’s intriguing descriptions of the embodied mind: (1) The link between ego and cognitive automaticity is not as straightforward as Solms suggests; instead, cognition strives for both inference and flexibility in relation to the changing world and the inflexible drives. (2) Affective consciousness may primarily map the degree of uncertainty (not pleasure) of internal bodily signals; subcortical areas are the neurobiological source of this facet of consciousness that in itself is likely to be localized among many, distributed brain areas. (3) Our innate motivational systems—the id—ultimately serve the same optimization principle as the ego; however, unlike the latter, they call for automaticity in behavior, on the basis of innate unconscious priors that are fulfilled by instinctual “e-motions” and other reflexes, understood as evolutionarily defined, primitive forms of active and perceptual inference.

Type: Article
Title: Beyond the Reward Principle: Consciousness as Precision Seeking
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15294145.2013.10773715
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/15294145.2013.10773715
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: consciousness, embodiment, emotion, free energy, motivation, predictive coding
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10120308
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