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Title: Is conscious perception gradual or dichotomous? A comparison of report methodologies during a visual task
Contributor(s): Overgaard, M (author); Rote, Julian Andrew (author); Mouridsen, K (author); Zoega Ramsoy, T (author)
Publication Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2006.04.002
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Abstract: In a recent article, [Sergent, C. & Dehaene, S. (2004). Is consciousness a gradual phenomenon? Evidence for an all-or-none bifurcation during the attentional blink, Psychological Science, 15(11), 720–729] claim to give experimental support to the thesis that there is a clear transition between conscious and unconscious perception. This idea is opposed to theoretical arguments that we should think of conscious perception as a continuum of clarity, with e.g., fringe conscious states [Mangan, B. (2001). Sensation’s ghost—the non-sensory “fringe” of consciousness, Psyche, 7, 18]. In the experimental study described in this article, we find support for this opposite notion that we should have a parsimonious account of conscious perception. Our reported finding relates to the hypothesis that there is more than one perceptual threshold [Merikle, P.M., Smilek, D. & Eastwood, J.D. (2001). Perception without awareness: perspectives from cognitive psychology, Cognition, 79, 115–134], but goes further to argue that there are different “levels” of conscious perception.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Consciousness and Cognition, 15(4), p. 700-708
Publisher: Academic Press
Place of Publication: United States
ISSN: 1053-8100
Field of Research (FOR): 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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