What is the relationship between perception and action, between an organism and its environment, in explaining consciousness? These are issues at the heart of philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences. This book explores the relationship between perception and action from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, ranging from theoretical discussion of concepts to findings from recent scientific studies. It incorporates contributions from leading philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, and an artificial intelligence theorist. The contributions take a range of positions with respect to the view that perception is an achievement by an agent acting in a complex environment in which sensorimotor dynamics constitute an essential ingredient to perceptual experience. A key focus of the book is on the debate about action-oriented theories of visual perception versus the dual-visual systems hypothesis The former champions the role of sensorimotor dynamics in perceptual awareness while the latter favours a functional dichotomy between perception and action. At least on the surface, these two approaches are in conflict. Where one emphasizes the interdependence of action and perception, the other suggests that action and perception are functionally distinct. The dialogue between these two approaches brings out wider theoretical issues underlying the research paradigm of cognitive sciences and philosophy of mind. Exploring one of the major debates in the philosophy and psychology, this book is fascinating reading for all those in the cognitive sciences and philosophy of mind.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Nivedita Gangopadhyay , Michael Madeary , Finn Spicer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Dimensions: Width: 17.60cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 24.80cm
ISBN 10: 0199551111
Publication Date: 19 August 2010
Audience: College/higher education , Undergraduate , Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Table of Contents1. Introduction; CONSCIOUSNESS AND SENSORIMOTOR DYNAMICS: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES; 2. Computational consciousness; 3. Explaining what people say about sensory qualia; 4. Perception, action, and experience: unraveling the golden braid; THE TWO-VISUAL SYSTEMS HYPOTHESIS; 5. Cortical visual systems for perception and action; 6. Hermann Lotze's Theory of 'Local Sign': evidence from pointing responses in an illusory figure; UNDERSTANDING AGENCY AND OBJECT PERCEPTION; 7. Two visual systems and the feeling of presence; 8. Spatial coordinates and phenomenology in the two-visual systems model; 9. Perceptual experience and the capacity to act; PERCEPTION AND ACTION: STUDIES IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE; 10. Why does the perception-action functional dichotomy not match the ventral-dorsal streams in anatomical segregation: optic ataxia and the function of the dorsal stream; 11. Mapping the neglect syndrome onto neurofunctional streams; 12. Motor representations and the perception of space: perceptual judgments of the boundary of action space; THE ROLE OF ACTION AND SENSORIMOTOR KNOWLEDGE IN SENSORIMOTOR THEORIES OF PERCEPTION; 13. Vision without representation; 14. Sensorimotor knowledge and the contents of experience; BOUNDARIES OF THE AGENT; 15. Extended vision
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