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Hi! I'm Carolyn Dicey Jennings.

Philosopher and Cognitive Scientist.

Carolyn Dicey Jennings

About Me


I am Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at University of California, Merced. I work across multiple disciplines, but especially neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. In general, my work aims at understanding the nature of attention and its impact on the mind (e.g. on perception, consciousness, and action). Distinctive about my work is the claim that attention is directed by a subject, or self. I defend this view, for example, in The Attending Mind (CUP 2020): I argue that evidence from neuroscience points to the existence of an emergent subject that directs attention, which I define in natural terms. I also have a long-standing research project that tracks job placement for philosophy PhDs, Academic Placement Data and Analysis, funded for much of its existence by the American Philosophical Association. Outside of work I am a certified yoga teacher and an uncertified (but keen) gardener. I live with my husband and two dogs in Merced.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

"Does Consciousness Emerge?" Keynote for CSU Long Beach Philosophy Day, May 2022

"Attention and Emergence" Invited Talk for Emergence Workshop at University of Sussex, June 2022

"Does Consciousness Emerge?" Submitted Talk for ASSC in Amsterdam, July 2022

"Does Consciousness Emerge?" Submitted Poster for SPP/ESPP in Milan, July 2022


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Talks
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Publications
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Collaborators
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Grants

Books

  • The Attending Mind
  • Introduction
  • The Philosophical Landscape on Attention
  • Attention, Mental Causation, and the Self
  • Attention, Perception, and Knowledge
  • Attention, Consciousness, and Habitual Behavior
  • Attention, Action, and Responsibility
  • Conclusion
  • 2020

    Cambridge University Press
  • Mind, Cognition, and Neuroscience: A Philosophical Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Background Knowledge
  • Part 2: Classical Debates
  • Part 3: Consciousness
  • Part 4: Crossing Boundaries
  • Glossary
  • 2022

    Routledge
  • Attention and Mental Control
  • Prologue
  • What is Mental Control?
  • Attention and Mental Control
  • Mind Wandering
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • The Emergence of Control
  • Epilogue
  • Under Contract

    Cambridge University Press

Book Reviews

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Nico Silins. CUP Review.

“While centered on attention, the self, and action, the breadth of Carolyn Dicey Jennings’ rich work is extraordinary, with important discussions of a wide range of subfields of philosophy (not to mention Cat Power), informed by an uncommon openness to a diverse range of resources in past and present philosophy and psychology.”


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J. R. Shook. Choice Reviews.

"In this concise, lucid book … Jennings offers a reconciliation between agent-centered freedom and compatibilism. Philosophical psychology is enriched by this valuable exploration."

Videos and Papers


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Academic Placement Data and Analysis (APDA) 2021 survey of philosophy Ph.D. students and recent graduates: Demographic data, program ratings, academic job placement, and nonacademic careers (2022) Metaphilosophy

Attention, Technology, and Creativity (Part of the essay collection from the 2021 HOS Workshop at Princeton on the theme of Attention, to be published in 2022)

The Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Diversity of Philosophy Students and Faculty in the United States: Recent Data from Several Sources (2021) Philosophical Topics

Attention in Skilled Behavior: an Argument for Pluralism (2021) Review of Philosophy and Psychology

Too much attention, too little self? (2020) Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Practical Realism about the Self (2020) Common Sense Metaphysics: Themes From the Philosophy of Lynne Rudder Baker

The Diversity and Inclusivity Survey: Final Report (2019) APA Funded Projects

The Diversity and Inclusivity Survey for Philosophy PhD Students and Graduates: Preliminary 2018 Report APA Funded Projects

Toward a Neurophysiological Foundation for Altered States of Consciousness (2018) Brain and Behavioral Sciences

I Attend, Therefore I Am (2017) Aeon

Academic Placement Data and Analysis: 2017 Final Report APA Funded Projects

Women in Philosophy (2017) Public Affairs Quarterly

Action without Attention (2016) Analysis

Academic Placement Data and Analysis: 2016 Final Report APA Funded Projects

Consciousness without Attention (2015) Journal of the American Philosophical Association

Attention and Perceptual Organization (2015) Philosophical Studies

The Standard Theory of Conscious Perception (2015)Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society

Academic Placement Data and Analysis: 2015 Report Update APA Funded Projects

Academic Placement Data and Analysis: 2015 Final Report APA Funded Projects

Attention by Wayne Wu (2014) Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

The Subject of Attention (2012) Synthese

Inductive Parsimony and the Methodological Argument (2012) Consciousness & Cognition

Properly Pragmatic: A Response to Corns and Campbell (2012) Consciousness & Cognition

The Ego Tunnel by Thomas Metzinger (2010) Journal of Consciousness Studies

It Takes Two: Ethical Dualism in the Vegetative State (2009) Neuroethics

Contact Me


5200 N. Lake Road, Merced CA 95343

Phone: +1 209 600 9654

Email: cjennings3@ucmerced.edu