Professor Nico Orlandi and Graduate Student Aaron Franklin on The Brains Blog

Mind & Language Symposium on Gross and Flombaum

January 25, 2018


In June 2017 Professor Nico Orlandi and Doctoral Student Aaron Franklin joined commentators from York (Jacob Beck) and Oxford (Ian Phillips) in an online symposium hosted by The Brain Blog. Their responses to an article published in Mind & Language can be found below, as well as the reply from Gross and Flombaum.

"Does Percepteptual Consciousness Overflow Cognitive Access? The Challenge from Probabilistic, Hierarchical Processes"


Does perceptual consciousness require cognitive access? Ned Block argues that it does not. Central to his case are visual memory experiments that employ post-stimulus cueing—in particular, Sperling's classic partial report studies, change-detection work by Lamme and colleagues, and a recent paper by Bronfman and colleagues that exploits our perception of ‘gist’ properties. We argue contra Block that these experiments do not support his claim. Our reinterpretations differ from previous critics' in challenging as well a longstanding and common view of visual memory as involving declining capacity across a series of stores. We conclude by discussing the relation of probabilistic perceptual representations and phenomenal consciousness.

See Related link for complete article by Gross and Flombaum

Olandi and Franklin's commentary

Gross and Flombaum's reply to commentary

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