Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Pessoa et al.: Perceptual completion

Fully embodying the personal level

Francisco J. Varela a1 and Pierre Vermersch a2
a1 LENA CNRS UPR 640, Hopital de la Salpetrière, 75013 Paris, France
a2 LPC-CNRS, Ecole Normale Superieure, 92120 Monterouge, France


The target article concludes that it is essential to introduce the personal level in cognitive science. We propose to take this conclusion one step further. The personal level should consist of first-person accounts of specific, contextualized experiences, not abstract or imagined cases. Exploring first-person accounts at their own level of detail calls for the refinements of method that can link up with neural accounts.