Behavioural Methods in Consciousness Research by Morten Overgaard

By Morten Overgaard

The previous 20 years have noticeable a surge of curiosity within the subject of attention, with the end result that the study literature has improved drastically. besides the fact that, before, there was little consensus on simply which tools are the best for the research of attention. for this reason, a variety of experimental paradigms were hired, occasionally making it various to match and distinction experimental findings.

'Behavioural tools in realization study' is the 1st e-book of its type, supplying an summary of tools and methods for learning cognizance. The chapters are written by means of prime researchers and specialists, who describe the equipment they really use of their personal reviews, in addition to their pitfalls, difficulties, and problems.

For all scholars and researchers embarking on study during this region - or even professional researchers - this ebook is a helpful resource of knowledge in supporting them layout, practice, and examine scientifically rigorous experiments.

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1999, for an overview, also of methods beyond perceptual awareness). 1 Perceptual awareness: methods to render a stimulus invisible (continued) ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Visual masking (forward/backward/metacontrast). Masking paradigms are perhaps the most widely used and best known of all methods. In all variants, a stimulus (the prime) is rendered invisible by presenting another stimulus (mask, sometimes also the target) either simultaneously or before (forward) or after (backward) the prime. The goal is to avoid an after-image, which would make the stimulus present in the visual system for longer than it was actually presented.

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Some may even say they constitute the primary challenge, in that a scientific approach to subjective experience would appear much simpler if one had the perfect measure of consciousness. In the lack of an external, objective method to measure consciousness, how are we to know if we actually do find an optimal measure of consciousness? Even with no straightforward answer, an interdisciplinary cooperation seems necessary in order to ensure that operationalization of subjective experience in experiments captures the essence of what we mean by the concept, and in order to identify all possible confounding factors.

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