In Support of Pockett's Critique of Libet's Studies of the Time Course of Consciousness

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Abstract:

Susan Pockett presents sound arguments supporting her reinterpretations of data that Libet and co-workers used to support a number of intriguing and influential conclusions regarding the microgenesis and timing of (a) conscious sensory experience and (b) volitionally controlled motor responses. The following analysis, extending and elaborating some of her main arguments, proposes that Libet's experimental methodologies and rationales, and thus also his interpretation of data, are flawed and that neglect or ignorance of methodological and empirical constraints well known to sensory psychologists risks drawing premature or faulty conclusions about the timing of conscious experience.

Document Type: Editorial

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 77204-5022

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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