Intuitions about consciousness: Experimental studies

When people are trying to determine whether an entity is capable of having certain kinds of mental states, they can proceed either by thinking about the entity from a *functional* standpoint or by thinking about the entity from a *physical* standpoint. We conducted a series of studies to determine how each of these standpoints impact people’s mental state ascriptions. The results point to a striking asymmetry. It appears that ascriptions of states involving phenomenal consciousness are sensitive to physical factors in a way that ascriptions of other states are not
Keywords Consciousness  Folk psychology  Theory of mind  Experimental philosophy
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DOI 10.1007/s11097-007-9066-y
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