Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Many ways to awareness: A developmental perspective on cognitive access

Carroll E. Izarda1, Paul C. Quinna1 and Steven B. Mosta1

a1 Department of Psychology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716. [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]


Block's target article makes a significant contribution toward sorting the neural bases of phenomenal consciousness from the neural systems that underlie cognitive access to it. However, data from developmental science suggest that cognitive access may be only one of several ways to access phenomenology. These data may also have implications for the visual-cognitive phenomena that Block uses to support his case.