Research talk: The science of inner experience
York Guildhall, St Martins Courtyard, Coney St, York YO1 9QL
Inner experience refers to the contents of consciousness such as inner speech, memories, visual imagery and embodied feelings.
Traditionally considered impossible to study because of its private nature, inner experience is emerging as a growing subfield of cognitive science, not least because of the development of new methods for investigating it.
Above all, the study of inner experience demands to be approached as a collaborative, interdisciplinary endeavour, drawing in the humanities and social sciences as well as psychology, neuroscience, computer science, philosophy and other traditional cognitive science disciplines.
In this talk, Charles Fernhough, Professor of Psychology at Durham University and Director of its Centre for Research into Inner Experience will describe recent interdisciplinary explorations of some aspects of inner experience such as inner speech, memory and hallucinations, and how they have found applications in gaming, AI and the creative industries.