New Papers in Consciousness Studies 3

Today I’m looking at:

Raccah, Block, & Fox (2021). Does the Prefrontal Cortex Play an Essential Role in Consciousness? Insights from Intracranial Electrical Stimulation of the Human Brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 41(10), 2076–2087.

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New Papers in Consciousness Studies 1

Today we’re starting a new series, with a rather different focus. Everyday interesting, important, inc-or cool papers on consciousness are coming out, and it’s impossible to keep up with them all. In this series I’ll pick out papers that look exciting to me as they go to press, and give them a quick once over for us.


The first paper is:


Gallagher, Colzi, & Sedda (in press 2021). Dissociation of proprioceptive drift and feelings of ownership in the somatic rubber hand illusion. Acta Psychologica, 212, 103192.


In the show I mention Irvine’s eliminativism about consciousness which you can read about:

Irvine, E. (2012). Consciousness As a Scientific Concept: A Philosophy of Science Perspective. Springer Science & Business Media.

Irvine, E. (2017). Explaining What? Topoi, 36(1), 95–106.


For an introduction to conceptual and quality spaces:

Clark, A. (1993). Sensory Qualities. Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy.

Gärdenfors, P. (2000). Conceptual spaces: The geomentry of thought. The MIT Press.

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“Defending the semantic conception of computation in cognitive science.”

One popular response to the “chinese room” thought experiment is to offer a broader notion of computation, one that doesn’t depend on rules manipulating syntax. What alternative is there, and what is the argument for it? I examine:


O’Brien (2011). Defending the semantic conception of computation in cognitive science. Journal of Cognitive Science, 12, 381–399.


to find out.


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Effects of appearance-based admonitions against sun exposure on tanning intentions in young adults.

Textbooks say that telling people about how tanning makes them less attractive reduces tanning and associated risks. Are they right?

Jones & Leary (1994). Effects of appearance-based admonitions against sun exposure on tanning intentions in young adults. Health Psychology, 13, 86–90.

The development of children’s knowledge about inner speech

Textbooks claim: “preschoolers do not recognise the importance of ‘inner speech’ — using words inside one’s head — while performing tasks such as mental arithmetic.” Should we believe them?


Flavell, Green, Flavell, & Grossman, (1997). The development of children’s knowledge about inner speech. Child Development, 68(1), 39–47.

Does Barbie make girls want to be thin? The effect of experimental exposure to images of dolls on the body image of 5- to 8 year-old girls

Does just looking at Barbie make girls feel they aren’t skinny enough?

Emme the doll:

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Conscious and unconscious perception: Experiments on visual masking and word recognition

Textbooks make claims like this: “studies have shown that participants subliminally primed with a word (e.g., ‘beach’) will more quickly recognise words semantically related to it (e.g., ‘sand’), even though they never consciously registered the prime.” Why should you believe such a claim.

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