Predictive processing as an empirical theory for consciousness science

Anil K. Seth, Jakob Hohwy

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Abstract

The theories of consciousness discussed by Doerig and colleagues tend to monolithically identify consciousness with some other phenomenon, process, or mechanism. But by treating consciousness as singular explanatory target, such theories will struggle to account for the diverse properties that conscious experiences exhibit. We propose that progress in consciousness science will best be achieved by elaborating systematic mappings between physical and biological mechanisms, and the functional and (crucially) phenomenological properties of consciousness. This means we need theories for consciousness science, perhaps more so than theories of consciousness. From this perspective, ‘predictive processing’ emerges as a highly promising candidate.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalCognitive Neuroscience
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • explanatory correlate
  • neural correlates of consciousness
  • Predictive processing

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