The Mismeasure of Consciousness: A problem of coordination for the Perceptual Awareness Scale

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Matthias Michel
Université Paris Sorbonne
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As for most measurement procedures in the course of their development, measures of consciousness face the problem of coordination, i.e., the problem of knowing whether a measurement procedure actually measures what it is intended to measure. I focus on the case of the Perceptual Awareness Scale to illustrate how ignoring this problem leads to ambiguous interpretations of subjective reports in consciousness science. In turn, I show that empirical results based on this measurement procedure might be systematically misinterpreted.
Keywords Consciousness Science  Perceptual Awareness Scale  Measurement of consciousness  Neural correlates of consciousness  Problem of coordination
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