Measuring consciousness: relating behavioural and neurophysiological measures

Seth, Anil K, Dienes, Zoltán, Cleeremans, Axel, Overgaard, Morten and Pessoa, Luiz (2008) Measuring consciousness: relating behavioural and neurophysiological measures. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12 (8). pp. 314-321. ISSN 1364-6613

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The resurgent science of consciousness has been accompanied by a recent emphasis on the problem of measurement. Having dependable measures of consciousness is essential both for mapping experimental evidence to theory and for designing perspicuous experiments. Here, we review a series of behavioural and brain-based measures, assessing their ability to track graded consciousness and clarifying how they relate to each other by showing what theories are presupposed by each. We identify possible and actual conflicts among measures that can stimulate new experiments, and we conclude that measures must prove themselves by iteratively building knowledge in the context of theoretical frameworks. Advances in measuring consciousness have implications for basic cognitive neuroscience, for comparative studies of consciousness and for clinical applications

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Anil Seth
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:45
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2019 14:07
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