Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience

From subliminal perception to conscious access: cognitive and neuronal mechanisms

My talk will focus on the extent and limits of subliminal perception, and on the mechanisms leading to conscious access. My presentation will be centered around 3 topics. First, I will show how novels approaches to nonconscious perception (i.e., crowded stimuli, sleeping perceivers) can lead to new insights regarding the depth of nonconscious perceptual processes, both in terms of behavioral and neural influences. Secondly, I will present a new set of studies aiming at revealing behavioral and neural signatures of perceptual awareness in infants; Finally, I will focus on the existence of phenomenal consciousness without attention/access, show how it is empirically flawed and discuss the alternative partial awareness hypothesis.