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Consciousness science has faced both opportunities and challenges in recent years. Some popular theories of consciousness have been described as unfalsifiable and some as “overpromoted”. To objectively evaluate the state of consciousness science as a field, we analyzed bibliometric data for five major theories of consciousness: Global workspace (GWT), Higher-order (HOT), Integrated information (IIT), Local recurrent (LRT), and Quantum theories (QT). We analyzed academic publications, citations, and Twitter activity for each theory. We found that IIT had the highest growth rates in quantity metrics (e.g. publication and citation counts) but was worse in quality metrics (e.g., per-publication citations, proportion of citations with empirical support/contradiction). On social media, IIT and QT were the most-tweeted theories, but their tweets mostly came from the general public. Our findings suggest that a theory’s fast growth in quantity and lack of quality could be explained by its overpromotion on social media.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Consciousness and Cognition|
|Early online date||2 Mar 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We would like to thank Hakwan Lau, Matthias Michel, and Mouslim Cherkaoui for their constructive comments during the draft of this paper. This work was supported by the University Grant Council and Lingnan University to AL [Research Matching Grant, 185218]. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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Replication and extension of crucial John Grimes experiment: Change detection during saccades (LU Part)
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Templeton World Charity Foundation
1/06/20 → 31/12/23
Project: Grant Research