Predictive processing as an empirical theory for consciousness science

Anil K. Seth, Jakob Hohwy

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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
Pages (from-to)89-90
Number of pages2
JournalCognitive Neuroscience
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • explanatory correlate
  • neural correlates of consciousness
  • Predictive processing

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