Here is a list of references that we will --more or less -- be reading. It is a work in progress with no serious endpoint. I will try to update it each week. The Pinker, Wegner, and H&S books are ordered at the Durham Book Exchange. Those designated BB will be found on Blackboard, for this course-psyc 914.



Barlow, H. (2002). Hidden agenda: A skeptical view of the privacy of perception. In D. Heyer & R. Mausfeld (Eds.), Perception and the physical world: Psychological and philosophical issues in perception (pp. 306-310). New York: John Wiley & Sons. (BB)


Bloom, P. (2000). How children learn the meanings of words. Cambridge: MIT Press. (first few pages on BB)


Colapinto, J. (2007). The interpreter: Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language? The New Yorker 83(8): 119-137. (BB)


Ganea, P. A., Shutts, K., Spelke, E. S., & DeLoache, J. (2007). Thinking of things unseen: Infants' use of language to update mental representations. Psychological Science, 18(8), 734-739


Gazzaniga, M. (2000). cerebral specialization and interhemispheric communication: Does the corpus callosum enable the human condition? Brain, 123, 1293-1326. (long review of research based on "split brain" patiients.)


Gilbert, A. L., Regier, T., Kay, P., & Ivry, R. B. (2006). Whorf hypothesis is supported in the right visual field but not the left Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 103, 489-494.


Hurlburt, R. T., & Schwitzgebel, E. (2007). Describing inner experience?  Proponent meets skeptic. Cambridge: The MIT Press. (H&S-- much easier to say!)


Joseph, R., Gallagher, R. E., Holloway, W., & Kahn, J. (1984). Two brains, one child: Interhemispheric information transfer deficits and confabulation in children aged 4, 7, & 10. Cortex, 20, 317-331.


Linde, C. (1993). Life stories: The creation of coherence. New York: Oxford University Press. (BB chapter)


Mithin, S. (2007). Creations of pre-modern human minds: Stone tool manufacture and use by Homo habilis, heidelbergenis, and neanderthalis. In E. Margolis & S. Laurence (Eds.), Creations of the mind: Theories of artifacts and their representation (pp. 289-311). Oxford: Oxford University Press. (BB)


Newton, A. M., & de Villiers, J. (2007). Thinking while talking: Adults fail nonverbal false-belief reasoning. Psychological Science, 18(7), 574-579.


Nisbett, R. E., & Wilson, T. D. (1977). Telling more than we can know: Verbal reports on mental processes. Psychological Review, 84, 231-259. (BB)


Owen, A. M., Coleman, M. R., Boly, M., Davis, M. H., Laureys, S., & Pickard, J. D. (2006). Detecting awareness in the vegetative state. Science, 313, 1402. (download) Look at webpage on this topic.


Papafragoua, A., Li, P., Choi, Y., & Han, C.-h. (2007). Evidentiality in language and cognition. Cognition, 103(2), 253-299. (BB)


Papafragou, A., Cassidy, K., & Glietman, L. (2007). When we think about thinking: The acquisition of belief verbs. Cognition, 105(1), 125-165.

(on BB; is available online.)



Premack, D (2007). Human and animal cognition: Continuity and discontinuity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104, 13861-13867,.


Pylkkanen, L., Llinas, R., & Murphy, G. L. (2006). The representation of polysemy: MEG evidence. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(1), 97-109.


Roser, M., & Gazzaniga, M. (2004). Automatic brains -- Interpretive minds. Current Directions in Psychololgical Science, 13, 56-59. (short overview of the role of the left hemisphere & consciousness)

Sacks, O. (1987). The man who mistook his wife for a hat. New York, Harper & Row.


(ch. 12 a matter of identity: "Deprived of continuity, of a quiet, continuous, inner narrative, he is driven to a sort of narrational frenzy -- hence his ceaseless tales, his confabulations, his mythomania..he comes across as an ebullient comic." pp. 108-115) BB



Simcock, G., & Hayne, H. (2002). Breaking the barrier?  Children fail to translate their preverbal memories into language. Psychological Science, 13, 225-231.  (BB)


Tulving, E. (2005). Episodic memory and autonoesis: Uniquely human? In H. Terrace & J. Metcalfe (Eds.), The missing link in cognition: Origins of self-reflective consciousness (pp. 3-56). New York: Oxford University Press.


Pinker, S. (1994). The language instinct. New York: William Morrow and Company.  (paperback available)


Wegner, D. M. (2002). The illusion of conscious will. Cambridge: MIT Press. (paperback available)


Wells, G. C. (1986). The meaning makers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. (excerpts BB)