Dr. Alain Morin got his Ph.D from Laval University in 1992. Between 1991 and 2001 he taught various courses and conducted research in a host of Canadian universities and colleges in the Maritimes (e.g., St. Francis Xavier University, Acadia University) and Québec (e.g., Université de Montréal, CEGEP de Rivière-du-Loup). Now at Mount Royal University in Calgary, he teaches Theories of Personality, Social Cognition, and The Self. His field of expertise is self-awareness, more specifically: its underlying cognitive mechanisms with an emphasis on inner speech.
Dr. Morin's scientific papers are published in journals such as Consciousness & Cognition, Cortex, Brain & Behavioral Sciences, Brain Research Bulletin, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Laterality, Journal of Mind and Behavior, and Social and Personality Psychology Compass. He regularly present posters and talks at the Science of Consciousness Conference as well as several international venues. Dr. Morin is also Associate Editor for Frontiers in Cognitive Science, Psychology of Consciousness, and Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness. Some of his recent contributions include a theoretical paper entitled "The self-awareness—anognosia paradox", an Oxford Press book chapter on the self-reflective functions of inner speech, and two Frontiers Research Topics on inner experiences and intrapersonal communication.
Dr. Morin's current research projects pertain to cross-cultural differences in inner speech, as well as implementation of self-awareness in robots via inner speech. Other research interests include self-recognition, theory-of-mind, the localization of the self in the brain, the split-brain phenomenon, neurophilosophy, fame, and self-destruction.
- Person Perception
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
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- Chella, A., , Pipitone, A., Morin, A., & Racy, F. Developing self-awareness in robots via inner speech. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 7(16).
- Morin, A. (2019). When inner speech and imagined interactions meet. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality. https://doi.org/10.1177/0276236619864276
- Morin, A. (2017). Toward a glossary of self-related terms. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 280. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00280
- Morin, A. The self-awareness—anognosia paradox: How can one process be associated with activation of, and damage to, opposite sides of the brain? Laterality, DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2016.1173049
- Morin, A. (2011). Self-awareness Part 1: Definitions, measures, effects, functions, and antecedents. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5/10, 807-823.
- Morin, A. (2011). Self-awareness Part 2: Neuroanatomy and importance of inner speech. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2/12, 1004-1012.
- Morin, A. (2010). Self-recognition, theory-of-mind, and self-awareness: What side are you on? Laterality, 16(3), 367-383.
- Morin, A. (2009). Self-awareness deficits following loss of inner speech: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s case study. Consciousness and Cognition, 18(2), 524-529.
- Morin, A. (2007). Self-awareness and the left hemisphere: The dark side of selectively reviewing the literature. Cortex, 8, 1068-1073.
- Morin, A. (2006). Levels of consciousness and self-awareness: A comparison and integration of various neurocognitive views. Consciousness and Cognition, 15(2), 358-371.
- Morin, A. (2005). Possible links between self-awareness and inner speech: Theoretical background, underlying mechanisms, and empirical evidence. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 12(4-5), 115-134.
- Morin, A. (2004). A neurocognitive and socioecological model of self-awareness. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 130(3), 197-222.
- Morin, A. (2003). Let's face it. A review of Keenan, Gallup, & Falk's book "The Face in the Mirror." Evolutionary Psychology, 1, 161-171.
- Morin, A. (2002). Right hemispheric self-awareness: A critical assessment. Consciousness and Cognition, 11(3), 396-401.
- Morin, A. (1995). Characteristics of an effective internal dialogue in the acquisition of self-information. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 15(1), 45-58.
- Morin, A. (1993). Self-talk and self-awareness: On the nature of the relation. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 14(3), 223-234.
- Morin, A., Duhnych, C., & Racy, F. (2018). Self-reported inner speech use in university students. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3404
- Morin, A., & Hamper, B. (2012). Self-reflection and the inner voice: Activation of the left inferior frontal gyrus during perceptual and conceptual self-referential thinking. The Open NeuroImaging Journal, 6, 78-89.
- Morin, A., Racy, F., & Duhnych, C. (2019). Using a Thought Listing procedure to construct the General Inner Speech Questionnaire: An ecological approach. Journal of Constructivist Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/10720537.2019.1633572
- Morin, A. & Uttl, B. (2013). Inner speech: A window into consciousness. The Neuropsychotherapist, doi: 10.12744/tnpt.14.04.2013.01.
- Morin, A., Uttl, B., & Hamper, B. (2011). Self-reported frequency, content, and functions of inner speech. Procedia--Social and Behavioral Journal, 30, 1714-1718.
- Uttl, B., Morin, A., & Hamper, B. (2011). Are inner speech self-report questionnaires reliable and valid? Procedia-Social and Behavioral Journal, 30, 1719-1723.
- Morin, A. (2018). The self-reflective function of inner speech: Thirteen years later. In P. Langland-Hassan, & A. Vicente, Eds., Inner Speech: New Voices. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Morin, A. (2009). Inner speech and consciousness. In W. Banks (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Consciousness. Elsevier.
- Morin, A., El-Sayed, A., & Racy, F. (2015). Theory of Mind, self-awareness and inner speech in typical and ASD individuals: A critical review, in Theory of Mind: Development in Children, Brain Mechanisms and Social Implications (pp. 43-114). Nova Publishers.
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