"This new paper describes an intriguing new take on an old mystery in consciousness science: the basis of voluntary action. Extending the famous Libet paradigm from the 1980s, Lush and colleagues found that meditators reported awareness of intentions to (voluntarily) move significantly earlier than non-meditators, while highly hypnotisable people had delayed awareness of their intentions. These data show a remarkable individual variation in metacognition of intentions, suggesting that meditation is associated with enhanced awareness of our intentions, and providing support for theories of hypnosis which are based on reduced awareness of mental states.”
Metacognition of intentions in mindfulness and hypnosis
Peter Lush, Peter Naish, and Zoltan Dienes
"Does consciousness get in the way of accurate processing or facilitate it? In this paper the philosopher Nick Shea and the psychologist Chris Frith develop a new framework for understanding the role of consciousness in cognitive processing. They distinguish between representations and processes over representations, and can then separate clearly between cases where one or the other is conscious or not, and how this in turn impacts accurate processing. This resolves a tension in the scientific literature and opens up for exploration of a new category of processing, where both representations and processes are unconscious. The paper opens up for a much better understanding of the role of consciousness and commands a clear view of a large body of literature."
Dual-process theories and consciousness: the case for ‘Type Zero’ cognition
Nicholas Shea and Chris D. Frith
Biyu Jade He
"How well do our brains process sensory information received during sleep? Andrillon and Kouider show that brain signature for a word categorization task persists during sleep. Moreover, there is an implicit memory trace upon awakening for words presented during sleep, though not an explicit memory trace. This work significantly advances our understanding of functional brain processes that happen during sleep."
Implicit memory for words heard during sleep
Thomas Andrillon and Sid Kouider