The measurement of consciousness: a framework for the scientific study of consciousness

Gamez, David ORCID: (2014) The measurement of consciousness: a framework for the scientific study of consciousness. Frontiers in Psychology, 5 . ISSN 1664-1078 (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00714)

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Scientists studying consciousness are attempting to identify correlations between measurements of consciousness and the physical world. Consciousness can only be measured through first-person reports, which raises problems about the accuracy of first-person reports, the possibility of non-reportable consciousness and the causal closure of the physical world. Many of these issues could be resolved by assuming that consciousness is entirely physical or functional. However, this would sacrifice the theory-neutrality that is a key attraction of a correlates-based approach to the study of consciousness. This paper puts forward a different solution that uses a framework of definitions and assumptions to explain how consciousness can be measured. This addresses the problems associated with first-person reports and avoids the issues with the causal closure of the physical world. This framework is compatible with most of the current theories of consciousness and it leads to a distinction between two types of correlates of consciousness.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article 714
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence group
Item ID: 18219
Depositing User: David Gamez
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 16:24
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 20:25

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