By Russell T. Hurlburt, Eric Schwitzgebel

"In the Socratic discussion culture hired by means of Plato and via Galileo for studying medical questions and the suitability of latest tools for information assortment, it is a demanding contribution. do we stream past the discredited introspectionism of early reviews of awake adventure with a approach just like the systematic experience-sampling equipment that experience emerged long ago 4 a long time? Investigators of the problems of measuring ongoing concept and neuroscientists utilizing mind imaging expertise to check the character of human making plans, wishing and reminiscing will savour the cautious analyses provided via the authors."--Jerome L. Singer, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Yale college (Jerome Singer )

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If it is inefficient, that must be because many moments do not include images, and to ask about images at those times must have been misguided. Thread: Interview techniques. 3. 3. Thread: Richness. 4. A Satisfactory Introspective Method? 25 are motivated to lie, and probably nothing can be done about that. But DES does take seriously the attempt to enlist the subject’s interest in faithful descriptions. First, we present ourselves as co-investigators: the subject has something (her experience) and we have something (the DES method), and together we can discover something that probably neither of us separately can do.

A Satisfactory Introspective Method? 19 Guideline 11: Abandon armchair observation. It follows from all that has gone before that casual observation about inner experience is not likely to yield scientifically valid results. Merely asking subjects about their inner experiences is simply not good enough. Furthermore, asking subjects to perform armchair observations about their own experiences is problematic, even if that observation is done with careful instruction or by sophisticated observers: I have conducted this brief examination of our introspective knowledge of visual imagery to promote the more general thesis that we can be, and often are, grossly mistaken about our own current conscious experiences even in favourable circumstances of quiet attention.

Robert’s IQ was 90, and he was quite able to perform the sampling task. Here are excerpts from our account: The characteristics of all Robert’s 16 samples were strikingly uniform. All 16 involved visual images, with no other aspects of experience reliably available to be reported—no feelings, no inner speech, no bodily sensations, etc. All Robert’s images were seen clearly and in accurate colour, with the centre of the image being most clear and losing focus at the periphery, apparently exactly the same as his real-world perception.

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