De-confounding the neural constitution of phenomenal consciousness from attention, report and memory

Jeroen J.A. van Boxtel, Naotsugu Tsuchiya

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In this chapter, we discuss possible confounds that need to be carefully controlled for when the neural constitution of phenomenal conscious perception is studied. First, we discuss previous psychological or neural studies that clearly dissociated confounding factors (in particular, attention, report and memory) from phenomenal consciousness. We discuss several important phenomena and experimental methods (e.g., aftereffects, change blindness and inattentional blindness, and brain-imaging results) whose implications for the theory of consciousness might be contaminated by the influence of attention, report and memory. Finally, we discuss necessity and sufficiency of report and memory for phenomenal consciousness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Constitution of Phenomenal Consciousness
Subtitle of host publicationToward a science and theory
EditorsSteven M Miller
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789027268785
ISBN (Print)9789027213594
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Consciousness Research (AiXR)
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)1381-589X


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