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Emily Ward (Donders Institute / Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen)

Vendredi 25 novembre 2016 de 11h30 à 13h

Institut Jean-Nicod, Pavillon Jardin, ENS, 29, rue d'Ulm 75005. Salle de réunion, RDC

Emily Ward (Donders Institute, Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen, Netherlands),

"Visual awareness: Dissociating the mind and the world"

Abstract: Becoming aware of the world seems simple and straightforward — indeed, there may be no aspect of the mind that is more taken for granted, by both laypeople and scientists. But in fact, the gulf between our visual awareness and the world itself is wide and counterintuitive. Understanding the nature of visual awareness is further complicated by what seems like its inextricable tie to attention and verbal report. So not only do many fundamental questions about the nature of visual awareness remain, but there are difficult empirical challenges in answering them. I will introduce several of these outstanding questions, including whether failures of awareness reflect genuine deficits in moment-by-moment conscious perception and whether we see more than we can report, and describe studies that include novel techniques to get around the empirical challenges. Collectively, this work reveals some of the causes and consequences of the dissociation between visual awareness and the world.