The electrophysiology of introspection

Consciousness and Cognition 15 (4):662-672 (2006)
To study whether the distinction between introspective and non-introspective states of mind is an empirical reality or merely a conceptual distinction, we measured event-related potentials elicited in introspective and non-introspective instruction conditions while the observers were trying to detect the presence of a masked stimulus. The ERPs indicated measurable differences related to introspection in both preconscious and conscious processes. Our data support the hypothesis that introspective states empirically differ from non-introspective states.
Keywords *Electrophysiology  *Evoked Potentials  *Introspection  Cognitive Processes  Consciousness States
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DOI 10.1016/j.concog.2006.05.002
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