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Ezequiel Morsella
San Francisco State University
  1. The Function of Phenomenal States: Supramodular Interaction Theory.Ezequiel Morsella - 2005 - Psychological Review 112 (4):1000-1021.
  2. Homing in on Consciousness in the Nervous System: An Action-Based Synthesis.Ezequiel Morsella, Christine A. Godwin, Tiffany K. Jantz, Stephen C. Krieger & Adam Gazzaley - 2016 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39:1-70.
    What is the primary function of consciousness in the nervous system? The answer to this question remains enigmatic, not so much because of a lack of relevant data, but because of the lack of a conceptual framework with which to interpret the data. To this end, we have developed Passive Frame Theory, an internally coherent framework that, from an action-based perspective, synthesizes empirically supported hypotheses from diverse fields of investigation. The theory proposes that the primary function of consciousness is well-circumscribed, (...)
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  3. Conscious Thoughts From Reflex-Like Processes: A New Experimental Paradigm for Consciousness Research.Allison K. Allen, Kevin Wilkins, Adam Gazzaley & Ezequiel Morsella - 2013 - Consciousness and Cognition 22 (4):1318-1331.
    The contents of our conscious mind can seem unpredictable, whimsical, and free from external control. When instructed to attend to a stimulus in a work setting, for example, one might find oneself thinking about household chores. Conscious content thus appears different in nature from reflex action. Under the appropriate conditions, reflexes occur predictably, reliably, and via external control. Despite these intuitions, theorists have proposed that, under certain conditions, conscious content resembles reflexes and arises reliably via external control. We introduce the (...)
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    External Control of the Stream of Consciousness: Stimulus-Based Effects on Involuntary Thought Sequences.Christina Merrick, Melika Farnia, Tiffany K. Jantz, Adam Gazzaley & Ezequiel Morsella - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 33:217-225.
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    Externally Controlled Involuntary Cognitions and Their Relations with Other Representations in Consciousness.Donish Cushing, Adam Gazzaley & Ezequiel Morsella - 2017 - Consciousness and Cognition 55:1-10.
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    Internally Generated Conscious Contents: Interactions Between Sustained Mental Imagery and Involuntary Subvocalizations.Hyein Cho, Christine A. Godwin, Mark W. Geisler & Ezequiel Morsella - 2014 - Frontiers in Psychology 5.
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    Did I Read or Did I Name? Diminished Awareness of Processes Yielding Identical ‘Outputs’.Tanaz Molapour, Christopher C. Berger & Ezequiel Morsella - 2011 - Consciousness and Cognition 20 (4):1776-1780.
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    Oxford Handbook of Human Action.Ezequiel Morsella, John A. Bargh & Peter M. Gollwitzer (eds.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    This volume brings together this new knowledge in a single, concise source, covering most if not all of the basic questions regarding human action: What are the ...
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    Subjective Aspects of Working Memory Performance: Memoranda-Related Imagery.Tiffany K. Jantz, Jessica J. Tomory, Christina Merrick, Shanna Cooper, Adam Gazzaley & Ezequiel Morsella - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 25:88-100.
    Although it is well accepted that working memory is intimately related to consciousness, little research has illuminated the liaison between the two phenomena. To investigate this under-explored nexus, we used an imagery monitoring task to investigate the subjective aspects of WM performance. Specifically, in two experiments, we examined the effects on consciousness of holding in mind information having a low versus high memory load, and holding memoranda in mind during the presentation of distractors . Higher rates of rehearsal occurred in (...)
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  10. Conceptual Knowledge: Grounded in Sensorimotor States, or a Disembodied Deus Ex Machina?Ezequiel Morsella, Carlos Montemayor, Jason Hubbard & Pareezad Zarolia - 2010 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (6):455-456.
    If embodied models no longer address the symbol grounding problem and a conceptual system can step in and resolve categorizations when embodied simulations fail, then perhaps the next step in theory-building is to isolate the unique contributions of embodied simulation. What is a disembodied conceptual system incapable of doing with respect to semantic processing or the categorization of smiles?
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    Involuntary Polymodal Imagery Involving Olfaction, Audition, Touch, Taste, and Vision.Wei Dou, Yanming Li, Mark W. Geisler & Ezequiel Morsella - 2018 - Consciousness and Cognition 62:9-20.
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    Mind Control? Creating Illusory Intentions Through a Phony Brain–Computer Interface.Margaret T. Lynn, Christopher C. Berger, Travis A. Riddle & Ezequiel Morsella - 2010 - Consciousness and Cognition 19 (4):1007-1012.
    Can one be fooled into believing that one intended an action that one in fact did not intend? Past experimental paradigms have demonstrated that participants, when provided with false perceptual feedback about their actions, can be fooled into misperceiving the nature of their intended motor act. However, because veridical proprioceptive/perceptual feedback limits the extent to which participants can be fooled, few studies have been able to answer our question and induce the illusion to intend. In a novel paradigm addressing this (...)
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    Undermining the Foundations: Questioning the Basic Notions of Associationism and Mental Representation.Ezequiel Morsella, Travis A. Riddle & John A. Bargh - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (2):218-219.
    Perhaps the time has come to re-examine the basic notions of cognitive science. Together with previous challenges against associationism, the target article should be viewed as a call to arms to re-evaluate the empirical basis for contemporary conceptualizations of human learning and the notion of a concept that has become too imprecise for describing the elements of cognition.
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    The Mechanisms of Human Action: Introduction and Background.Ezequiel Morsella - 2009 - In Ezequiel Morsella, John A. Bargh & Peter M. Gollwitzer (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Human Action. Oxford University Press. pp. 1--32.
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  15. The Primary Function of Consciousness: Why Skeletal Muscles Are Voluntary Muscles.Ezequiel Morsella, Stephen C. Krieger & John A. Bargh - 2009 - In Ezequiel Morsella, John A. Bargh & Peter M. Gollwitzer (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Human Action. Oxford University Press.
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    Supracortical Consciousness: Insights From Temporal Dynamics, Processing-Content, and Olfaction.Ezequiel Morsella & John A. Bargh - 2007 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (1):100.
    To further illuminate the nature of conscious states, it may be progressive to integrate Merker's important contribution with what is known regarding (a) the temporal relation between conscious states and activation of the mesodiencephalic system; (b) the nature of the information (e.g., perceptual vs. premotor) involved in conscious integration; and (c) the neural correlates of olfactory consciousness. (Published Online May 1 2007).
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    Metacognition of Working Memory Performance: Trial-by-Trial Subjective Effects From a New Paradigm.Andrew C. Garcia, Sabrina Bhangal, Anthony G. Velasquez, Mark W. Geisler & Ezequiel Morsella - 2016 - Frontiers in Psychology 7.
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    The Inevitable Contrast: Conscious Vs. Unconscious Processes in Action Control.Ezequiel Morsella & T. Andrew Poehlman - 2013 - Frontiers in Psychology 4.
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    Adaptive Skeletal Muscle Action Requires Anticipation and “Conscious Broadcasting”.T. Andrew Poehlman, Tiffany K. Jantz & Ezequiel Morsella - 2012 - Frontiers in Psychology 3.
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    Competition Between Cognitive Control and Encapsulated, Unconscious Inferences: Are Aha-Experiences Special?Donish Cushing, Anthony G. Velasquez & Ezequiel Morsella - 2016 - Frontiers in Psychology 7.
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  21. Involuntary Entry Into Consciousness From the Activation of Sets: Object Counting and Color Naming.Sabrina Bhangal, Christina Merrick, Hyein Cho & Ezequiel Morsella - 2018 - Frontiers in Psychology 9.
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  22. Passive Frame Theory: A New Synthesis.Ezequiel Morsella, Godwin Christine, Jantz Tiffany, Krieger Stephen & Gazzaley Adam - forthcoming - Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
    Passive frame theory attempts to illuminate what consciousness is, in mechanistic and functional terms; it does not address the “implementation” level of analysis (how neurons instantiate conscious states), an enigma for various disciplines. However, in response to the commentaries, we discuss how our framework provides clues regarding this enigma. In the framework, consciousness is passive albeit essential. Without consciousness, there would not be adaptive skeletomotor action.
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