Journal articles, etc.

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Constancy and the geometric illusions. Nature, 206, 744-745, 1965. (With M.J.Morgan).



The receptive fields of single units in the superior colliculus of the rat. Journal of Physiology, 189, 86p, 1967.


Receptive fields of single units in the visual system: a new method for mapping their characteristics and extents. Vision Research, 7, 497-498, 1967. (With S.J.Salter).


Vision in monkeys after removal of the striate cortex. Nature, 215, 595-597, 1967. (With L.Weiskrantz).



Two studies in the neuropsychology of vision. Ph.D. thesis, University of Cambridge. 1968.


Responses to visual stimuli of single units in the superior colliculus of rats and monkeys. Experimental Neurology, 20, 312-340, 1968.



Size constancy in monkeys with inferotemporal lesions. Quarterly Journal Experimental Psychology, 21, 225-238, 1969. (With L.Weiskrantz).


Varieties of colour anomia. Brain, 92, 847-860, 1969. (With J. M. and S. M. Oxbury).



What the frog's eye tells the monkey's brain. Brain, Behaviour, Evolution, 3, 324-337, 1970.



Colour and brightness preferences in monkeys. Nature, 229, 615-617, 1971.


Contrast illusions in perspective. Nature, 232, 91- 93, 1971.


Ventral temporal lobe lesions and oddity performance in monkeys. Brain Research, 30, 253-263, 1971. (With S. D. Iversen).



Seeing and nothingness. New Scientist, 53, 682-684, 1972.


Les illusions visuelles. La Recherche, 3, 631-638, 1972.


Interest and pleasure: two determinants of a monkey's visual preferences. Perception, 1, 395-416, 1972.



Predispositions to learn. In Constraints on Learning, ed. R. A. Hinde and J. Stevenson-Hinde, pp. 301- 304, Academic Press, London, 1973.


Turning the left cheek. Nature, 243, 271-272, 1973. (With I. C. McManus).


Asymmetry in gorilla skulls: evidence of lateralised brain function? Nature, 244, 53-54, 1973. (With C. P. Groves).


Status and the left cheek. New Scientist, 59, 437- 439. 1973. (With I. C. McManus).

The illusion of beauty. Perception, 2, 429-439, 1973.



Species and individuals in the perceptual world of monkeys. Perception, 3, 105-114, 1974.


Lasting effects of early blindness: a case study. Quarterly Journal Experimental Psychology, 26, 114-124, 1974. (With C. Ackroyd and E. K. Warrington).


Variations on a theme. New Scientist, 63, 233-234, 1974.


The apparent heaviness of colours. Nature, 250, 164-165, 1974. (With E. Pinkerton).


The reactions of monkeys to 'fearsome' pictures. Nature, 251, 500-502, 1974. (With G. R. Keeble).


Vision in a monkey without striate cortex: a case study. Perception, 3, 241-255, 1974.



Interactive effects of unpleasant light and unpleasant sound. Nature, 253, 346-347, 1975. (With G. R. Keeble).


Une esthetique naturelle. In Colloque d'Esthetique Applique a la Creation du Paysage Urbain, pp. 73-90, Copedith, Paris, 1975.



How monkeys acquire a new way of seeing. Perception, 5, 51-56, 1976. (With G. R. Keeble).


The colour currency of nature. In Colour for Architecture, ed. T.Porter and B.Mikellides, pp. 95-98, Studio-Vista, London, 1976.


The social function of intellect. In Growing Points in Ethology, ed. P. P. G. Bateson and R. A. Hinde, pp. 303- 317, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1976.


Hypnosis explained. New Scientist, 71, 485-486, 1976.



Do monkeys' subjective clocks run faster in red light than in blue? Perception, 6, 7-14, 1977. (With G. R. Keeble).


Finding mental capacities in the brain. Theoria to Theory, 11, 27-47, 1977. (With C. Blakemore and A. Appiah).


Unfoldings of mental life. Science, 196, 755-756, 1977.



Nature's psychologists. New Scientist, 900-904, 29 June 1978.


Effects of red light and loud noise on the rate at which monkeys sample their sensory environment. Perception, 7, 343-348, 1978. (With G. R. Keeble).


The origins of intelligence. Human Nature, 42-47, December 1978.



The biological basis of collecting. Human Nature, 44-47, February 1979.



Natural aesthetics. In Architecture for People, ed. B.Mikellides, pp. 59-73, Studio-Vista, London, 1980.


Nature's psychologists. In Consciousness and the Physical World, ed. B.Josephson and V.Ramachandran, pp. 57-75, Pergamon, Oxford, 1980.



Having feelings and showing feelings. In Self- awareness in Domesticated Animals, ed. D.G.M. Wood-Gush, M.Dawkins, R.Ewbank, pp. 37-38, 1981.


Four Minutes to Midnight. The BBC Bronowski Memorial Lecture, BBC Publications, 1981



Consciousness: A just-so story. New Scientist, 95, 473-477, 1982.



The adaptiveness of mentalism. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 6, 366, 1983.


The lessons of the night. New Society, 65, 275-277, 1983.



Arms and the man. New Blackfriar's Journal, 68, 35-40, 1987.


The inner eye of consciousness. In Mindwaves, ed. Colin Blakemore and Susan Greenfield, pp. 377-383, Blackwell, Oxford, 1987.


The uses of consciousness. (James Arthur Memorial Lecture). American Museum of Natural History, New York.


Bugs and Beasts before the Law. Foreword to The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals, by E.P.Evans, pp xiii - xxxi. Faber &Faber, London, 1987.



Lies, damned lies and anecdotal evidence. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 11, 257-258, 1988.



The number of the beast. New Scientist, 123, 62-63, 1989.



Speaking for our selves: an assessment of multiple personality disorder. Raritan, 9:1, 68-98, 1989. (With Daniel C. Dennett).


Movement. In Images and Understanding, ed. H. Barlow, C. Blakemore, M. Weston-Smith, pp. 79-80, Cambridge University Press, 1990.



City of mists and fruitful mellowness. Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington), July 1993.


Is there anybody here? Psi Researcher, 10, 3-5, Summer 1993.



The private world of consciousness. New Scientist, pp. 23-25, 8 January 1994.


Reflections on consciousness. The Psychologist, 7, 259, 1994.



On taking another look. In How Things Are, ed. John Brockman and Katinka Matson, pp. 177-182, William Morrow, 1995.


The thick moment. In The Third Culture, ed. John Brockman, pp. 198-208, Simon & Schuster, 1995.


Blocking out the distinction between sensation and perception: superblindsight and the case of Helen. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 18, 257-8, 1995.


Histories. In In the Company of Animals, Social Research, 62, 477-480, 1995.



The bounds of reason. Prospect, 34-37, January 1996.



Kinds of Minds. Journal of Philosophy, 94, 97-103, 1997.


Carl Sagan: a tribute. Skeptical Inquirer, 21, no. 2, 14, 1997.


Varieties of altruism - and the common ground between them. Social Research, 64, 199-209, 1997.


Science. In Technology and the Rest of Culture, Social Research, 64, 1115-1118, 1997.


In sight of the mind. [Commentary on Mark Solms: “What is Consciousness?”] Journal of the American Psychoanalytical Association, 45, 726-731, 1997.



Left-footedness in peacocks: an emperor’s tale. Laterality, 3, 289, 1998.


What shall we tell the children? Oxford Amnesty Lecture. Social Research, 65, 777-805, 1998.



Cave art, autism and the evolution of the human mind. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 8, 165-191, 1998.


Why grandmothers may need large brains. Psycoloquy, 10 (024), 1999.


The privatization of sensation. In The Evolution of Cognition, ed. L. Huber and C. Heyes, pp. 241-252, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000..



The power of prayer. Skeptical Inquirer, 24, 61, 2000.


How to solve the mind-body problem. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7, 5-20, 2000.


In reply. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7 (4), 98-112, 2000.


Now you see it, now you don’t. Neuro-psychoanalysis , 2, 14-17, 2000


One-self: a meditation on the unity of consciousness. Social Research, 67, no. 4, 32-39, 2000.


Dreaming as play. Behavioral & Brain Sciences , 23, 953, 2000.



Altered states. Social Research, 68, 585-7, 2001


The Deformed Transformed. CPNSS Monograph, DP 55/01, 2001


Doing it my way: sensation, perception – and feeling red. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 24, 987, 2001



Great expectations: the evolutionary psychology of faith-healing and the placebo effect. In Psychology at the Turn of the Millennium, Vol. 2: Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives, ed. Claes von Hofsten & Lars Bäckman, pp. 225-46, Hove: Psychology Press, 2002.


Shamanism and cognitive evolution [Commentary on Michael Winkelman]. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 12, 91-3, 2002.



Foreword to Folk Physics for Apes, Daniel J. Povinelli, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.



Thinking about feeling. Guest essay in Oxford Companion to the Mind, ed. R.L.Gregory , p. 213-4, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.


The placebo effect. In Oxford Companion to the Mind, ed. R.L.Gregory, p. 735-6, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.


A family affair. In Curious Minds: How a child becomes a scientist, ed. John Brockman, p.3-12, New York: Pantheon Books, 2004



Do babies know what they look like? Doppelgängers and the phenomenology of infancy. In Perspectives on Imitation: From Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science. Vol. 2., ed. Susan Hurley and Nick Chater, pp. 178-80, Cambridge Ma.: MIT Press, 2005       


Human Hand-Walkers: Five Siblings Who Never Stood Up. CPNSS Discussion Paper, DP 77/05, 2005 (with John R Skoyles and Roger Keynes)   


Prirodni psychologovia [Natural psychologists]. Kritika & Kontext, 31, 23-29, 2005



Consciousness: the Achilles Heel of Darwinism? Thank God, Not Quite. In Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement, ed. John Brockman, pp. 50-64, New York: Vintage, 2006


Science looks at fairness. Social Research, 73, 345-7, 2006


Killer instinct. (Review of Niall Ferguson, “World of War”). Prospect. September 2006.



Could vision after recovery from early blindness be “blindsight”? The Psychologist, 20, 3, 139, 2007


The society of selves. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 362, 745-754, 2007


La natura e il valore del colore. Multiverso, n.4, 3-8, 2007


Dreaming to learn. In Mind, Life and Universe: Conversations with great scientists of our time., ed. Lynn Margulis & Eduardo Punset, pp. 140-148, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007.


Questioning consciousness. Seed Magazine, February 2008.


Getting the measure of consciousness. In What is Life? The Next 100 Years of Yukawa's Dream. Ed. M. Murase and I. Tsuda, Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement, no. 173 pp. 264-269, 2008


Cerebellar hypoplasia, with quadrupedal locomotion, caused by mutations in the very low density lipoprotein receptor (VLDLR) gene. European Journal of Human Genetics 16, 1070-74, 2008 (with Seval Türkmen, et al.)


Genes and quadrupedal locomotion in humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 105(21):E26, May 2008. (with Stefan Mundlos, and Seval Turkmen.)



The colour currency of nature. In Colour for Architecture Today. Ed. Tom Porter and Byron Mikellides. London: Taylor and Francis, pp. 912, 2009


Helen “a blind monkey who saw everything”. Oxford Companion to Consciousness , ed. Tim Bayne, Axel Cleeremans, Patrick Wilken, pp. 343-345, 2009.


Parler au nom de nos Soi(s): Une évaluation du trouble de personalité multiple. (French translation of “Speaking for ourselves”). Terrain, 52, 18-37, 2009


Il potere delle parole. (Italian translation of “What shall we tell the children?”). Prometeo, June 2009, pp38-51. 2009


Ca8 Mutations Cause a Novel Syndrome Characterized by Ataxia and Mild Mental Retardation with Predisposition to Quadrupedal Gait. PLOS Genetics May 2009. (With Seval Türkmen et al.)


The nature of beauty. Prospect, September, p. 62-65, 2010


Person as moral scientist. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 33.4, p. 340, 2010



Introduction to Descartes Meditations and Other Writings. Folio Society, London, 2011

It takes a thief to catch a thief. Behav. Brain Sc 34.1. p. 28, 2011


Ideology, fear of death and death anxiety. Political Psychology, 32, p 601-621, 2011. (With Emanuele Castano et al).  



'This chimp will kick you ass at memory games, but how the hell does he do it?'. Trends in Cognitive Science, 16, pp.353- 355, 2012


The evolved self-management system. EDGE. 2012.


The evolutionary psychology of healing: a human success story. Current Biology, Sept 10, vol 22. no. 17 (with John Skoyles). 2012


In a dark time. Clio’s Psyche, 19, pp 163-165, 2012



Placebos at large. New Scientist, 6 August 2013


A beautiful explanation for why the human mind may seem to have an elegant explanation even if it doesn't. In “This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works.” Ed John Brockman. Harper Perennial, pp. 119-21. 2013



Consciousness Spirited Away. Interalia Magazine, April 2015


Consciousness as Art. Scientific American Mind, May/June 2015, pp. 65-69


The bigger an animal’s brain the greater its intelligence. In "This Idea Must Die", ed. John Brockman, pp. 29-31, HarperCollins, 2015.



Dissociation of the Reach and the Grasp in the Destriate (V1) Monkey Helen: A New Anatomy for the Dual Visuomotor Channel Theory of Reaching.Experimental Brain Research,  234(8), 2351-2362. 2016. [with Ian Q. Whishaw and Jenni M. Karl].


A Riddle Written on the Brain. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 23, pp. 278-87, 2016


Redder than Red: Illusionism or Phenomenal Surrealism? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 23, 116-123, 2016



Humans Are the Only Animals Who Crave Oblivion Through Suicide. Aeon. 28 July 2017.


The Invention of Consciousness. Topoi, 39(1), 13-21.



Shamans as healers: when magical structure becomes practical function. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 41, p. 27, 2018.


The lure of death: suicide and human evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B, 373: 20170269.



Easy does it: a soft landing for consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 26 (9-10), pp.:105-114, 2019.



The lure of death: suicide and human evolution. Ch. 26 in “Handbook of Cognitive Archaeology”, ed. Tracey B. Henley, Matt J. Rossano, Edward P. Kardas,, New York; Routledge, pp. 499-511, 2020


Consciousness: knowing the unknowable. Social Research, 87 (1), pp. 157-70, 2020.