PsychFileDrawer.org is a web site that addresses ‘the file drawer problem’, the name for the bias introduced into scientific literature by a reluctance on the part of journals to publish negative or nonconfirmatory results (especially, perhaps, ones that contradict studies published earlier in the same journal.)
Clark describes an alternative to Fodorian ‘mentalese’ and rich-internal-representation accounts (e.g. Churchland, Barsalou) of language comprehension and usage. He calls his model ‘the complementarity hypothesis’. The complementarity hypothesis says that language functions to enhance the intrinsic abilities of the biological mind (c.f. the ‘extended mind hypothesis’). The difference from Fodor’s account is clear; the difference […]
Peter Carruthers argues at On The Human that the idea that knowledge of our own thoughts is qualitatively different than knowledge of the thoughts of others is one we need to abandon. He proposes instead that the much-discussed ‘mindreading’ faculty used to understand others is used to understand one’s own internal state, as well, in a […]
Stanislas Dehaene describes to Edge his Global Neuronal Workspace model of consciousness. Dehaene’s model is that consciousness of an experience is created when modular brain regions synchronize, and that global working memory (and the PFC as an organ linked throughout the brain) is the key to consciousness. The potential role of language here is clear: […]
Cosentino argues with Dennet’s claim that language creates the self as a ‘narrative center of gravity’. Rather, she says, it is the ability to mentally project oneself into irrealis states that is central, and that episodic memory does not primarily function as a record of one’s life; rather, it’s an archive for generating recombinatorial predictions. While […]
Thinking about past or future events can literally move us: Engaging in mental time travel (a.k.a. chronesthesia) results in physical movement corresponding to the direction of time. Volunteers who thought about past events swayed backwards while volunteers imagining future events swayed forward. These findings suggest that chronesthesia may be grounded in processes that link spatial […]
Destination Memory: Stop Me if I’ve Told You This Before. Nigel Gopie. 2009; Psychological Science – Wiley InterScience. Everyone has recounted a story or joke to someone only to experience a nagging feeling that they may already have told this person this information. Remembering to whom one has told what, an ability that we term […]
OnFiction: Remembrance and Imagination. Dan Schacter, Donna Addis, and Randy Buckner (e.g. 2007), … have found that people who have episodic memories that are detailed and specific in terms of time and place tend also to make predictions of possible future events that are detailed and specific in the same way.
PLoS ONE: An Auditory Illusion of Infinite Tempo Change Based on Multiple Temporal Levels.
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