Distinguishing Neural Correlates of Perceptual Awareness from Post-perceptual Judgments
Affiliation: Reed College, Portland OR, USA
Francis Crick once posed a tantalizingly simple question, “Most of the processing that goes on in your brain is unconscious. Some of the results of that processing you become conscious of. What’s the difference between the two?” Over the years, many experiments and larger theoretical frameworks have been developed to address this question. In this talk, I will review some of my lab’s contributions to the search for the minimally sufficient neural correlates of consciousness, with a focus on experimental paradigms aimed at isolating perceptual awareness from post-perceptual cognition (working memory, judgment, decision-making) and action (verbal or manual reports).