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"Scientific Approaches to Consciousness"


John F. Kihlstrom

University of California, Berkeley

Claude Monet, "Impression: Sunrise" (1872-1873).  Marmottan Museum, Paris


This website is a work-in-progress, updated continually.  Comments toward improvement are, of course, always welcome. In particular, please report any broken links to jfkihlstrom@berkeley.edu.

For anyone who might want to reference this material in a publication, the proper citation is:

Kihlstrom, J. F. (2016). Scientific Approaches to Consciousness (Course Website)  Retrieved June 16, 2022, from https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~jfkihlstrom/ConsciousnessWeb/index.htm

The date, 2016, refers to the last year I actually taught the course.  The dates on which individual pages ("Introduction", "Introspection", etc.) were revised are indicated at the end of each page.

When I first taught this course at Berkeley, the required text was The Psychology of Consciousness (Prentice-Hall, 1992) by William G. Farthing.  Later, when a second edition of Farthing was not forthcoming, I supplemented the readings with Antti Revensuo's Consciousness: The Science of Subjectivity (Psychology Press, 2010).  If I were still teaching the course, I'd now choose The Science of Consciousness: Waking, Sleeping, and Dreaming (Cambridge, 2021) by Trevor A. Harley.  It's a great, comprehensive, textbook that covers the entire spectrum of consciousness studies -- not just sleep and dreams.

Link to the lectures for this course, when it was offered in Spring 2013.




This page last revised 06/16/2022.