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Distinguishing the neural mechanisms of conscious access from sensory processing and decision making

From 2/7/2022 to 2/7/2022
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Claire Sergent, Université de Paris / CNRS - Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition Center, has given a talk on Zoom on February 7th.

https://clairesergent1.wixsite.com/sergentlab

Short abstract:

When contrasting how the brain processes the same external stimulation according to whether we report it as perceived or not, we observe a whole series of neural events that do correlate with conscious report. Our challenge now is to identify, among these correlates, the ones that correspond to the core mechanisms of conscious access, and distinguish them from upstream events, such as early sensory processing, that influence the future conscious or unconscious fate of an information, and from downstream events that reflect a mere consequence of conscious access, such as the possibility to engage in an explicit decision-making task or report. Here I will present the results of two approaches that we are currently using in my team to try and perform this experimental dissection, and I will discuss their potential for identifying neural signatures of conscious access independent of report.

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