This, I don’t agree with:
“An important hypothesis of the LIDA model is the discreteness of consciousness. Humans can only have a single conscious content at a time, and there are short breaks between these periods of consciousness. “
I can buy into discreteness but not singular conscience content. Parallel and also discrete? Yes. But not singular.
I ask myself upon waking, as the dream is fading, “What does that relate to? Oh, that Facebook conversation with so and so. What is that part? Oh, that’s the pizza I had yesterday”, etc.
There’s not much time. I think I found out that the speed of thought is about 800 wpm (and it can overlap) which is fast but dreams fade quickly so there’s not much reasoning /writing down time.
Speed of thought is about 800 wpm last I looked – not sure how that ties in though.
So you see it as fast task-switching and not as parallel?
Reason I think it’s parallel: I compose music in my head. All the time, since I was little. I make conscious changes to it as it goes. But I’m also thinking other thoughts as the music continues under my control while also continuing.
It’s possible it’s spinning plates on sticks, where one can only attend-to a single plate at a time while allowing others to spin.
In that view, I _might_ concede to a singular chosen mental act at a time, that of inhibiting or shifting – but as I’m either ADHD or autistic spectrum or something like that, I’m in constant sensory overload and a hyper awareness of my mental states, which causes me to doubt singular chosen mental acts.
b) attend to instruction
c) tested on ability to follow instructions.
But this doesn’t speak to simultaneous processing but only to task performance capabilities.