The neural correlates of consciousness: Causes, confounds and constituents

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This chapter develops a framework for addressing the neural correlates of consciousness. We begin by distinguishing the kinds of neural correlates that are of central interest to the science of consciousness (what we call NCCs ) from the kinds of neural correlates that are more peripheral to consciousness science and which are typically regarded as confounds from the perspective of consciousness research. We also examine various aspects of the NCCs, arguing that the notion involves complexities that have often been overlooked in the literature. We then consider a number of reasons for placing NCCs al the center of consciousness research, before considering a number of methodological challenges faced by consciousness science in attempting to distinguish the NCCs from neural correlates of other types.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Constitution of Phenomenal Consciousness - Toward a Science and Theory
EditorsSteven M Miller
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages155 - 176
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9789027213594
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameAdvances in Consiousness Research (AiCR)
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)1381-589X

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