Chapter 18

Occipital and Left Temporal EEG Correlates of Phenomenal Consciousness

Vitor Manuel Dinis Pereira vpereira1@campus.ul.pt    LanCog (Language, Mind and Cognition Research Group), Philosophy Centre, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract

Phenomenal consciousness is “what is it like to be” a mental state: the stinging sharpness of a pin prick, the taste of chocolate or the vibrant red of a fire truck. “Access consciousness” refers to the possibility of a mental state to be available to the rest of the cognitive system (to be available, for example, to our production system language like when we try to describe the stinging sharpness of a pin prick, the taste of chocolate or the vibrant red of a fire truck). The access is representational ...

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