Carolyn Dicey Jennings University of California Merced

  • Faculty, University of California Merced
  • PhD, Boston University, 2012.

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Assistant Professor of Philosophy ( and Cognitive Science ( at University of California, Merced.
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  1. Carolyn Dicey Jennings (forthcoming). Attention and Perceptual Organization. Philosophical Studies:1-14.
    How does attention contribute to perceptual experience? Within cognitive science, attention is known to contribute to the organization of sensory features into perceptual objects, or “object-based organization.” The current paper tackles a different type of organization and thus suggests a different role for attention in conscious perception. Within every perceptual experience we find that more subjectively interesting percepts stand out in the foreground, whereas less subjectively interesting percepts are relegated to the background. The sight of a sycamore often gains the (...)
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  2. Carolyn Dicey Jennings (2012). The Subject of Attention. Synthese 189 (3):535-554.
    The absence of a common understanding of attention plagues current research on the topic. Combining the findings from three domains of research on attention, this paper presents a univocal account that fits normal use of the term as well as its many associated phenomena: attention is a process of mental selection that is within the control of the subject. The role of the subject is often excluded from naturalized accounts, but this paper will be an exception to that rule. The (...)
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  3. Carolyn Suchy-Dicey (2012). Inductive Parsimony and the Methodological Argument. Consciousness and Cognition 21 (2):605-609.
    Studies on so-called Change Blindness and Inattentional Blindness have been taken to establish the claim that conscious perception of a stimulus requires the attentional processing of that stimulus. One might contend, against this claim, that the evidence only shows attention to be necessary for the subject to have access to the contents of conscious perception and not for conscious perception itself. This “Methodological Argument” is gaining ground among philosophers who work on attention and consciousness, such as Christopher Mole. I find (...)
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  4. Carolyn Suchy-Dicey (2012). Properly Pragmatic: A Response to Corns and Campbell. Consciousness and Cognition 21 (2):615-616.
  5. Carolyn Suchy-Dicey (2010). Thomas Metzinger, The Ego Tunnel. [REVIEW] Journal of Consciousness Studies 17 (5-6):228-232.
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  6. Carolyn Suchy-Dicey (2009). It Takes Two: Ethical Dualism in the Vegetative State. Neuroethics 2 (3):125-136.
    To aid neuroscientists in determining the ethical limits of their work and its applications, neuroethical problems need to be identified, catalogued, and analyzed from the standpoint of an ethical framework. Many hospitals have already established either autonomy or welfare-centered theories as their adopted ethical framework. Unfortunately, the choice of an ethical framework resists resolution: each of these two moral theories claims priority at the exclusion of the other, but for patients with neurological pathologies, concerns about the patient’s welfare are treated (...)
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  7. Carolyn Suchy-Dicey (2007). Playing Nice and Teaching Good. Philosophy Now 63:6-7.
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