Temporal mental qualities and selective attention

Michał Klincewicz


This article presents an argument for the view that we can perceive temporal features without awareness. Evidence for this claim comes from recent empirical work on selective visual attention. An interpretation of selective attention as a mechanism that processes high-level perceptual features is offered and defended against one particular objection. In conclusion, time perception likely has an unconscious dimension and temporal mental qualities can be instantiated without ever being conscious.


time perception; conscious experience of time; N2pc; perception without awareness; mental qualities.

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