Measuring away an attentional confound?


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Ned Block
New York University
Jorge Morales
Johns Hopkins University
David Rosenthal
CUNY Graduate Center
Abstract
A recent fMRI study by Webb et al. (Cortical networks involved in visual awareness independent of visual attention, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2016;113:13923–28) proposes a new method for finding the neural correlates of awareness by matching atten- tion across awareness conditions. The experimental design, however, seems at odds with known features of attention. We highlight logical and methodological points that are critical when trying to disentangle attention and awareness.
Keywords attention  consciousness  fMRI  awareness  metacontrast masking
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