What Feeling Is the “Feeling of Knowing?”

Consciousness and Cognition 9 (4):538-544 (2000)
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Rightness, not familiarity, is the feeling of knowing. Rightness and familiarity are distinct at both the functional and phenomenological levels of analysis. In problem solving, for example, an unfamiliar solution can still feel right. Rightness is the fringe experience permeating all cases of felt meaning in consciousness, and can occur even when the retrieval of specific content is for whatever reason blocked (e.g., in a tip of the tongue experience). For the most extensive published treatment of rightness and fringe experience, see Mangan (2003): "The conscious 'fringe': Bringing William James up to date" in Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness, MIT press.



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Some Philosophical and Empirical Implications of the Fringe.Bruce Mangan - 1993 - Consciousness and Cognition 2 (2):142-154.

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