the theory that mental or conscious processes simply accompany certain neural processes as epiphenomena
The doctrine holding that mental activities are simply epiphenomena of the neural processes of the brain.
(countable and uncountable, plural epiphenomenalisms)
- (philosophy, psychology, uncountable) The doctrine that mental states and processes are simply incidental effects of physiological events in the brain or nervous system and cannot themselves cause any effects in the material world.
- (philosophy, psychology, countable) Such a doctrine, as advanced by a particular thinker or school of thought.