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Self-Consciousness and "Split" Brains: The Minds' I

Elizabeth Schechter


The largest fiber tract in the human brain is the corpus callosum, which connects the two cerebral hemispheres. A number of surgeries severing this structure were performed on adults in the United States in the second half of the twentieth century. After they are surgically separated from each other in this way, a “split-brain” subject’s hemispheres begin to operate unusually independently of each other in the realms of perception, cognition, and the control of action—almost as if each had a mind of its own. But can a mere hemisphere really see? Speak? Feel? Know what it has done? The split-br ... More

Keywords: consciousness, agency, personal identity, the mind-body problem, personhood, self-consciousness, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Schechter, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Washington University, St Louis