Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Pessoa et al.: Perceptual completion

Visual perception and subjective visual awareness

Antti Revonsuo a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland


Pessoa et al. fail to make a clear distinction between visual perception and subjective visual awareness. Their most controversial claims, however, concern subjective visual awareness rather than visual perception: visual awareness is externalized to the “personal level,” thus denying the view that consciousness is a natural biological phenomenon somehow constructed inside the brain.