Minority Reports: Consciousness and the Prefrontal Cortex

Mind and Language (forthcoming)

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Jorge Morales
Johns Hopkins University
Matthias Michel
Université Paris Sorbonne
Abstract
Whether the prefrontal cortex is part of the neural substrates of consciousness is currently debated. Against prefrontal theories of consciousness, many have argued that neural activity in the prefrontal cortex does not correlate with consciousness but with subjective reports. We defend prefrontal theories of consciousness against this argument. We surmise that the requirement for reports is not a satisfying explanation of the difference in neural activity between conscious and unconscious trials, and that prefrontal theories of consciousness come out of this debate unscathed.
Keywords consciousness  neural correlates of consciousness  prefrontal cortex  no-report paradigms
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