Perception, action, and consciousness: Sensorimotor Dynamics and Two Visual Systems

Hardcover | September 26, 2010

EditorNivedita Gangopadhyay, Michael Madary, Finn Spicer

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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, andan 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. Atleast 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 theresearch 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.

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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 th...

Nivedita Gangopadhyaypursued her doctoral degree at the Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS/EHESS/ENS), Paris, France under the supervision of Dr. Roberto Casati. She received her PhD in 2007 with the mention of "Tres Honorable Avec Felicitations" with a unanimous jury. In 2007 she joined the Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol, UK ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:September 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. IntroductionConsciousness and Sensorimotor Dynamics: Methodological Issues2. D. Ballard: Computational consciousness3. J. Kevin O'Regan: Explaining what people say about sensory qualia4. A. Clark: Perception, action, and experience: unraveling the golden braidThe Two-Visual Systems Hypothesis5. A.D. Milner and M.A. Goodale: Cortical visual systems for perception and action6. D.R. Melmoth: Hermann Lotze's Theory of 'Local Sign': evidence from pointing responses in an illusory figureUnderstanding Agency and Object Perception7. M. Matthen: Two visual systems and the feeling of presence8. P. Jacob and F. de Vignemont: Spatial coordinates and phenomenology in the two-visual systems model9. S. Schellenberg: Perceptual experience and the capacity to actPerception and Action: Studies in Cognitive Neuroscience10. Y. Rossetti et al: Why does the perception-action functional dichotomy not match the ventral-dorsal streams in anatomical segregation: optic ataxia and the function of the dorsal stream11. G. Vallar and F. Mancini: Mapping the neglect syndrome onto neurofunctional streams12. Y. Delevoye-Turrell: Motor representations and the perception of space: perceptual judgments of the boundary of action spaceThe Role of Action and Sensorimotor Knowledge in Sensorimotor Theories of Perception13. A. Noe: Vision without representation14. J. Kiverstein: Sensorimotor knowledge and the contents of experienceBoundaries of the Agent15. R. A. Wilson: Extended vision