Discussion Questions

  1. Assess both the strengths and weaknesses of the famous Libet study.
  2. Assuming that attention and consciousness are orthogonal, can you name examples of conscious processes that hardly require attention or of unconscious processes that require a lot of attention?
  3. Do you think some of the priming experiments can also be explained purely by conscious processes?
  4. What do you think could be the main function of consciousness?
  5. Some people, scientists included, have a strong aversion to the idea that human behavior is largely guided by unconscious processes. Do you know why?


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