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Encyclopedia > Neurophenomenology

Neurophenomenology is a hybrid scientific methodology that combines neuroscience with phenomenological psychology in order to study consciousness. Phenomenology deals with the subjective aspects of first person experience. Neuroscience deals with the objective and third person aspects of consciousness. The consensus among many scientists studying consciousness is that the exclusive utilization of either first or third person methods will not provide answers the questions of consciousness.


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Toward a Science of Consciousness 3: Biogenetic Structural Theory and the Neurophenomenology of Consciousness (4960 words)
Second, the theory provides a single perspective and language for addressing such issues as the evolution of consciousness, animal consciousness, consciousness in human fetuses and babies, alternative phases of consciousness, the cultural conditioning and transcendence of cultural conditioning of consciousness, and the relations between technology and consciousness.
Neurophenomenology is a powerful method that relies upon a dialogue between descriptions of the essential properties of consciousness as ascertained through trained contemplation on the one hand, and the structures and processes of the brain discovered in neuroscience on the other hand.
This is important, for the most common criticism I have heard of a neuroscientific account of consciousness is that it is somehow "reductionistic." A neurophenomenology is reductionistic in neither the popular nor the technical sense.
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