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Zachary Irving and Evan Thompson, “The Philosophy of Mind Wandering,” forthcoming in Kieran C. Fox and Kalina Christoff, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Spontaneous Thought (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Evan Thompson, “Death: The Ultimate Transformative Experience,” in a volume on transformative experience edited by Enoch Lambert and John Schwenkler, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Evan Thompson, “Sellarsian Buddhism: Comments on Jay Garfield, Engaging Buddhism: Why It Matters to Philosophy,Sophia, forthcoming.


Kamila Osypiuk, Evan Thompson, and Peter Wayne, “Can Tai Chi and Qigong Postures Shape Our Mood? Toward an Embodied Cognition Framework For Mind-Body Research,” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 01 May 2018.

Evan Thompson, “Enaction Without Hagiography,” Constructivist Foundations 13/1 (2017). 41.

Evan Thompson, “Précis of Waking, Dreaming, Being,” and “Response to Commentators on Waking, Dreaming, Being,” Philosophy East and West 66 (2016): 927-933 & 982-1000.

Jennifer Windt, Tore Nielsen, and Evan Thompson, “Does Consciousness Disappear in Dreamless Sleep?” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 12 (2016): 871-882.


Melissa Ellamil, Kieran C.R. Fox, Matthew L. Dixon, Sean Pritchard, Rebecca M. Todd, Evan Thompson, and Kalina Christoff, “Dynamics of Neural Recruitment Surrounding the Spontaneous Arising of Thoughts in Experienced Mindfulness Practitioners,” Neuroimage 136 (2016): 186-196.

Evan Thompson, “Dreamless Sleep, the Embodied Mind, and Consciousness: The Relevance of a Classical Indian Debate to Cognitive Science.” In Thomas Metzinger and Jennifer Windt, eds., Open MIND. Frankfurt am Main: Mind Group, 2015. Online at Open-MIND. See also the commentary on this article by Jennifer M. Windt, “Just in Time—Dreamless Sleep Experience as Pure Subjective Temporality – A Commentary on Evan Thompson,” and my response, “Steps Toward a Neurophenomenology of Conscious Sleep: A Reply to Jennifer M. Windt.”

Sina Fazelpour and Evan Thompson, “The Kantian Brain: Brain Dynamics from a Neurophenomenological Perspective,” Current Opinion in Neurobiology 31 (2015): 223-229.

Evan Thompson, “Introduction to Symposium, Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy, by Christian Coseru,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 22 (2015): 7-8.

Sean M. Smith and Evan Thompson, “Searching for Affect: From William James to Neurophenomenology,” Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice 2 (2015): 19-23

Kieran C. R. Fox, Evan Thompson, Jessica R. Andrews-Hanna, and Kalina Christoff. “Is Thinking Really Aversive? A Commentary on Wilson et al.’s ‘Just Think: The Challenges of a Disengaged Mind’.” Frontiers in Psychology 09 December 2014 doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01427.

Evan Thompson, “Is the Brain a Decomposable or Nondecomposable System? Comment on ‘Understanding Brain Networks and Brain Organization,’ by Pessoa.” Physics of Life Reviews 11 (2014): 458-459.

Kathleen A. Garrison, Dustin Scheinost, Partrick D. Worhunksy, Hani M. Elwafi, Thomas A. Thornhill IV, Evan Thompson, Clifford Saron, Gaëlle Desbordes, Hedy Kober, Michelle Hampson, Jeremy R. Gray, R. Todd Constable, Xenephon Papademtris, and Judson A. Brewer, “Real-Time fMRI Links Subjective Experience with Brain Activity During Focused Attention,” Neuroimage 81 (2013): 110-118.

Rebecca M. Todd, William A. Cunningham, Adam K. Anderson, and Evan Thompson, “Affect-Biased Attention as Emotion Regulation,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 16 (2012): 365-372.

Shanti Ganesh, Hein T. van Schie, Floris P. de Lange, Evan Thompson, and Daniel H. J. Wigboldus, “How the Human Brain Goes Virtual: Distinct Cortical Regions of the Person-Processing Network are Involved in Self-Identification with Virtual Agents,” Cerebral Cortex 22 (2012): 1577-1585.

Evan Thompson and Diego Cosmelli, “Brain in a Vat or Body in a World? Brainbound versus Enactive Views of Experience,” Philosophical Topics 39 (2011):163-180.

Evan Thompson, “Living Ways of Sense-Making,” Philosophy Today SPEP Supplement 2011: 114-123.

Evan Thompson, “Précis of Mind in Life,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (2011): 10-22. [Author’s Proof]

Evan Thompson, “Reply to Commentaries,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (2011): 176-223. [Author’s Proof]

Kalina Christoff, Diego Cosmelli, Dorothée Legrand, and Evan Thompson, “Specifying the Self for Cognitive Neuroscience,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15 (2011): 104-112.

Evan Thompson and Mog Stapleton, “Making Sense of Sense-Making: Reflections on Enactive and Extended Mind Theories,” Topoi 28 (2009): 23-30.

Diego Cosmelli and Evan Thompson, “Mountains and Valleys: Binocular Rivalry and the Flow of Experience,” Consciousness and Cognition 16 (2007): 623-641.

Evan Thompson, “Look Again: Consciousness and Mental Imagery,” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 6 (2007): 137-170.

Evan Thompson, “Sensorimotor Subjectivity and the Enactive Approach to Experience,” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 4 (2005): 407-427.

“Primates, Monks, and the Mind: The Case of Empathy,” Frans de Waal, Evan Thompson, and Jim Proctor (moderated dialogue), Journal of Consciousness Studies 12(7) (2005): 38-54.

Alva Noë and Evan Thompson, “Are There Neural Correlates of Consciousness?”, Journal of Consciousness Studies 11 (2004): 3-28. Special Target Article with Peer Commentary.

Alva Noë and Evan Thompson, “Sorting Out the Neural Basis of Consciousness. Authors’ Reply to Commentators,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 11 (2004): 87-98.

Evan Thompson, “Life and Mind: From Autopoiesis to Neurophenomenology. A Tribute to Francisco Varela,” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 3 (2004): 381-398.

Antoine Lutz and Evan Thompson, “Neurophenomenology: Integrating Subjective Experience and Brain Dynamics in the Neuroscience of Consciousness,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (2003): 31-52.

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Evan Thompson, “Empathy and Consciousness,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 8, No. 5-7 (2001): 1-32.

Evan Thompson and Francisco J. Varela, “Radical Embodiment: Neural Dynamics and Consciousness,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 5(10) (2001): 418-425.

Alva Noë, Luiz Pessoa, and Evan Thompson, “Beyond the Grand Illusion: What Change Blindness Really Teaches us About Vision,” Visual Cognition 7 (2000): 93-106.

Luiz Pessoa, Evan Thompson, and Alva Noë, “Finding Out About Filling In: A Guide to Perceptual Completion for Visual Science and the Philosophy of Perception,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (1998): 723-748.

Evan Thompson, “Symbol Grounding: A Bridge from Artificial Life to Artificial Intelligence,” Brain and Cognition 34 (1997): 48-71.

Evan Thompson, “Colour Vision, Evolution, and Perceptual Content,” Synthese 104 (1995): 1-32.

Evan Thompson, “Novel Colours,” Philosophical Studies 67 (1992): 105-133.

Evan Thompson, Adrian Palacios and Francisco J. Varela, “Ways of Coloring: Comparative Color Vision as a Case Study for Cognitive Science,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 15 (1992): 1-26.

Evan Thompson, “Is Internal Realism a Philosophy of Scheme and Content?”, Metaphilosophy 22 (1991): 212-230.

Evan Thompson, “Planetary Thinking/Planetary Building: An Essay on Martin Heidegger and Nishitani Keiji,” Philosophy East and West 36(3) (1986): 235-252.


Michael Lifshitz and Evan Thompson, “What’s Wrong with the Mindful Brain? Moving Past a Neurocentric View of Meditation,” in Amir Raz and Robert Thibault, eds., Casting Light on the Dark Side of Brain Imaging (Academic Press, 2019).

Evan Thompson, “A Dream Inside a Locked Room: The Illusion of Self,” in Jacob Graham and Tom Sparrow, eds., True Detective and Philosophy: A Deeper Kind of Darkness (John Wiley & Sons, 2018), pp. 99-107.

Evan Thompson, “Looping Effects and the Cognitive Science of Mindfulness Meditation,” in David L. McMahan and Erik Braun, eds., Meditation, Buddhism, and Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 47-61.

Jelena Markovic and Evan Thompson, “Hypnosis and Meditation: A Neurophenomenological Comparison,” in Amir Raz and Michael Lifshitz, eds., Hypnosis and Meditation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Evan Thompson, “Philosophy as a Path: A Memoir and Tribute to Robert Thurman,” in C.K. Wedemyer, J. D. Dunne, and T. F. Yarnall (eds.), In Vimalakīrti’s House: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert A. F. Thurman on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. Columbia University Press, 2015.

Alisa Mandrigin and Evan Thompson, “Own-Body Perception,” in Mohan Matthen, ed., Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Perception. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Jake Davis and Evan Thompson, “Developing Attention and Decreasing Affective Bias: Towards a Cross-Cultural Cognitive Science of Mindfulness,” in K.W. Brown, J.D. Creswell, and R.M. Ryan, Handbook of Mindfulness. Guilford Press, 2015.

Jake H. Davis and Evan Thompson, “From the Five Aggregates to Phenomenal Consciousness: Toward a Cross-Cultural Cognitive Science,” in Steven Emmaneul, ed., A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy, pp. 585-597. John Wiley & Sons, 2014.

Ezequiel Di Paolo and Evan Thompson, “The Enactive Approach,” in Laurence Shapiro, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition. Routledge Press, 2014.

Aaron Henry and Evan Thompson, “Witnessing from Here: Self-Awareness from a Bodily versus Emboded Perspective,” in Shaun Gallagher (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Self. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. [Page Proofs]

Evan Thompson, “Self-No-Self? Memory and Reflexive Awareness,” in Mark Siderits, Evan Thompson, and Dan Zahavi (eds.), Self, No-Self: Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions. Clarendon: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Diego Cosmelli and Evan Thompson, “Embodiment or Envatment? Reflections on the Bodily Basis of Consciousness,” in John Stewart, Olivier Gapenne, and Ezequiel di Paolo, eds., Enaction: Towards a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science, MIT Press, 2010. [Page Proofs]

Evan Thompson, “Contemplative Neuroscience as an Approach to Volitional Consciousness,” in Nancey Murphey, George F.R. Ellis, and Timothy O’Conner (eds.), Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will, pp. 187-197. Springer, 2009.

Diego Cosmelli, Jean-Philippe Lachaux, and Evan Thompson. “Neurodynamical Approaches to Consciousness, in Philip Zelazo, Morris Moscovitsch, and Evan Thompson (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness. Cambridge University Press, 2007. [Page Proofs]

Giovanna Colombetti and Evan Thompson, “The Feeling Body: Towards an Enactive Approach to Emotion” in Willis Overton and Ulrich Mueller (eds.), Body in Mind, Mind in Body: Developmental Perspectives on Embodiment and Consciousness, pp. 45-68. Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007. [Page Proofs]

Evan Thompson, “Neurophenomenology and Contemplative Experience,” in Philip Clayton (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Science and Religion. Oxford University Press, 2007. [Page Proofs]

George Dreyfus and Evan Thompson, “Asian Perspectives: Indian Theories of Mind,” in Philip Zelazo, Morris Moscovitsch, and Evan Thompson (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness. Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Evan Thompson, “Empathy and Human Experience,” in Jim Proctor (ed.), Science, Religion, and the Human Experience, pp. 262-268. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. [Page Proofs]