Zoe Drayson

Zoe Drayson

Assistant Professor Philosophy

Title:’Theories of the unconscious mind’

It is increasingly accepted that much of our behavior is controlled by unconscious mental states. This talk focuses on two questions about unconscious mental states. First, what makes us classify these mental states as unconscious rather than conscious? The distinction will be drawn in different places depending on whether we cash out the notion of consciousness in terms of introspection, experience, control, or reportability. Second, what makes us classify these non-conscious states as mental rather than non-mental? We classify implicit knowledge of grammar as an unconscious mental state, but not the states of our blood circulatory system which are equally non-conscious. In this talk, I explore the different approaches to answering these questions, and the way they relate to different models of cognitive architecture.

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