The measurement of consciousness: a framework for the scientific study of consciousness

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Gamez, D. 2014. The measurement of consciousness: a framework for the scientific study of consciousness. Frontiers in Psychology. 5, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00714
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TitleThe measurement of consciousness: a framework for the scientific study of consciousness
AuthorsGamez, D.
Abstract

Scientists studying consciousness are attempting to identify correlations between measurements of consciousness and the physical world. Consciousness can only be measured through first-person reports, which raises problems about the accuracy of first-person reports, the possibility of non-reportable consciousness and the causal closure of the physical world. Many of these issues could be resolved by assuming that consciousness is entirely physical or functional. However, this would sacrifice the theory-neutrality that is a key attraction of a correlates-based approach to the study of consciousness. This paper puts forward a different solution that uses a framework of definitions and assumptions to explain how consciousness can be measured. This addresses the problems associated with first-person reports and avoids the issues with the causal closure of the physical world. This framework is compatible with most of the current theories of consciousness and it leads to a distinction between two types of correlates of consciousness.

Keywordsmeasurement; correlates; consciousness; causal ; closure; first-person report
Research GroupArtificial Intelligence group
PublisherFrontiers Media
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
ISSN1664-1078
Publication dates
Print10 Jul 2014
Online10 Jul 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited19 Oct 2015
Accepted20 Jun 2014
Output statusPublished
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Copyright © 2014 Gamez. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00714
Web of Science identifierWOS:000339001800002
LanguageEnglish
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