Nothing Personal: What Psychologists Get Wrong About Personal Identity

Starmans, C., & Bloom, P. (2018). Nothing Personal: What Psychologists Get Wrong About Identity. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22, 7, 2-4.

Abstract

What makes someone the same person over time? There is a growing body of research exploring how people ordinarily think about personal identity. We argue here that many of the experiments in this domain fail to properly distinguish similarity from personal identity, and therefore certain conclusions regarding common-sense intuitions about identity are not supported.

Authors

Christina Starmans Paul Bloom