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Elizabeth Schechter

​Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology
PhD, University of Maryland
research interests:
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
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  • Washington University
  • CB 1073
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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​Elizabeth Schechter’s research focuses on the split-brain phenomenon, using it as a springboard for examining questions about the role of neural facts in psychological theorizing, the structure of consciousness, the nature of subjects of experience, and the intersection of folk and scientific psychology.

Elizabeth Schechter's current projects include a general theory of pretense, perspective in dramatic imagination, dissociative identity disorder, and the avowal of self-deception.

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

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

Elizabeth Schechter argues that there are in fact two minds, subjects of experience, and intentional agents inside each split-brain human being: right and left. On the other hand, each split-brain subject is nonetheless one of us. The key to reconciling these two claims is to understand the ways in which each of us is transformed by self-consciousness. The first full-length philosophical treatment of this neurological condition and a fascinating investigation of the experience of people whose brains have disconnected hemispheres and its implications for our understanding of the self.