Why We Are Conscious

Why are we conscious creatures instead of unconscious ones?

The Unconscious Mind in Everyday Life

How does the unconscious influence why you do the things you do?
Patty Mooney [CC BY-SA 3.0]

What Is Consciousness?

What would it take to make a robot experience a dream?

The Distracted Mind in a Tech World: Potential Solutions?

Does modern technology affect attention?

What Is Voluntary Action?

What is will? Science is beginning to unravel this mystery.

Are Animals Conscious?

Are animals conscious? The implications are important.

Unconscious Pig Latin? How Conscious Thoughts "Just Happen"

Can high-level thoughts (e.g., Pig Latin) occur involuntarily? If so, what does this reveal about the brain and consciousness?

Passive Frame Theory: a New Synthesis

A new theory about consciousness, based on integrating a handful of theories

Lively Debates Regarding Consciousness and the Brain

What are scientists saying about consciousness?

When a Lie Reveals a Truth: Insights from the McGurk Effect

Sometimes a lie can reveal a truth about a scientific mystery

Consciousness in the Press?

Media coverage on the topic of consciousness and the brain?

It Is All in the Eyes

What is the difference between a blink and a wink?

Control of the Stream of Consciousness?

What are you thinking about?

Do Not Think of the Name of This Object: ∆

New research is beginning to reveal that, contrary to our intuitions lead to one to believe, consciousness can function much like a reflex.

What Does Action Reveal About Consciousness?

Does action hold the secret to consciousness?

What Does Consciousness Do in the Brain?

Scientists gather to discuss function of consciousness.

How Thought Influences Action

New technologies (e.g., brain-computer interfaces) reveal how thoughts influence action.

What Is a Thought?

Through mental rotation, 3 + V equals a heart.

How Do 3 Pounds of Brain Tissue Generate Our Consc

How the brain generates conscious experience is one of the greatest mysteries in science. One approach is based on looking at what the brain may not need for consciousness.

Are We Aware of What We Do? The Answer Is Yes and No

It seems that, while speaking, one is aware of what one has just uttered, and that one has a general inkling regarding what one intends to say, but that one is often unaware of the exact words that will be selected by our brains when trying to convey some information.

Do we use only 10 percent of our brain?

Is it true that we use so little of our brain, or is this a misinterpretation of classic findings in neuroscience?

Living Below the JND (the "Just Noticeable Difference"): Psychophysics in Everyday Life

How to live below the JND: One's iPod is based on psychophysics research

"The history of psychology/neuroscience" equals "the data set of psychology/neuroscience"

To appreciate all the data about a given subject regarding the mind/brain, one must travel down the memory lane of the history of psychology and neuroscience

Freud's Unconscious Was Not A Subliminal One

Unconscious processing is more prevalent than some researchers realize, especially when one doesn't equate 'the unconscious' with just the processing of subliminal stimuli

Classical Conditioning in Everyday Life

Why do plastic-looking cakes look tasty?  Pavlov had the answer.

On the Film Inception: Observations about Dreams and in Dreams

Inception brings the audience's attention to the mysterious underpinnings of the dreamworld, a magnificent creation of the brain. Even more startling is the observation that, scientifically, waking life is just as mysterious a 'creation.'

The Deepest Mysteries of the Mind-Brain: A Matter of Scale?

Just as our toy models of the solar system are 'missing something' and cannot instantiate strong gravitational fields (and make the plastic sun attract the plastic planets), our intuitive models of how the brain works (based on 'slow' everyday experience) exist at a scale in which some phenomena (e.g., basic consciousness) are unlikely to emerge.

The Unconscious Doer

One is surprised when first learning that most of the sophisticated and intelligent processes in the brain are unconscious. In action production, the heavy lifting is done by unconscious processes.

Consciousness: The Brain's Wifi System

Consciousness functions like the brain's wifi system to integrate processes that would otherwise be independent. 

Perception: More than Meets the Eye

Why water tastes good but hydrogen-peroxide doesn't reveals the nature in which we represent the world out there. Our conscious life is a creation, like 'The Matrix,' but unlike The Matrix, it is a creation that is good for our survival.