Some philosophers claim that multiple cognitive processes contribute to introspection and some neuroscientists show that multiple cortical systems play a significant role in introspective processing (pluralist-process models). Although the contributions of these models have been significant in shedding light on introspection, they fail in providing an explanation of (i) how exactly introspection integrates different sources of information and (ii) what specific sources of introspection are in play. In this work, we claim that introspection is a sui generis process that orchestrates a plural framework that integrates and combines several routes of sensory-information processing. To account for the phenomenon of integration, we argue that introspection is a selective, cumulative, and predictive process. We provide the grounds for constructing a model of introspection by determining the information that introspection uses from other mechanisms in accordance with specific empirical cases.
Location: Cohen Hall, Room 2033
MIRA-Open meetings promote community and creative thinking centered around issues in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, epistemology, and related normative issues. The MIRA-Open program is designed to cultivate diverse perspectives and openness of thought, while stimulating fruitful discussions and collaborations among researchers at every stage of their careers, within Penn, Philadelphia, and academia more generally.