Brain States and Psychological Phenomena

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 194)


The correspondence hypothesis is a conjecture to the effect that psychological phenomena correspond (in one-to-one fashion) to certain states and processes in people’s brains. It suggests that for each and every (different) psychological phenomenon there is a different brain state or process with which it is uniquely correlated. [1] This hypothesis, often referred to in philosophical literature as “The Principle of Psycho-Physical Isomorphism,” is purported to provide the empirical foundation on which a variety of conflicting mind-body theories are constructed, as well as the source of the “riddle” which such theories aim to unravel. [2]


Turing Machine Brain State Mental Life Psychological Phenomenon Machine Table 
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  1. See Putnam, (i) “Minds and Machines,” in Hook (1961);Google Scholar
  2. (ii) “Robots: Machines or Artificially Created Life,” in O’Connor (1969);Google Scholar
  3. (iii) “The Mental Life of Some Machines,” in O’Connor (1969).Google Scholar

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