Perception and Cognition: Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology by Gary HatfieldPerception and Cognition: Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology by Gary Hatfield

Perception and Cognition: Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology

byGary Hatfield

Paperback | March 26, 2009

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How do we see? This question has fascinated and perplexed philosophers and scientists for millennia. In visual perception, mind and world meet, when light reflected from objects enters the eyes and stimulates the nerves leading to activity in the brain near the back of the head. This neuralactivity yields conscious experiences of a world in three dimensions, clothed in colors, and immediately recognized as (say) ground, sky, grass, trees, and friends. The visual brain also produces nonconscious representations that interact with other brain systems for perception and cognition andthat help to regulate our visually guided actions. But how does all of this really work? The answers concern the physiology, psychology, and philosophy of visual perception and cognition. Gary Hatfield's essays address fundamental questions concerning, in Part I, the psychological processesunderlying spatial perception and perception of objects; in Part II, psychological theories and metaphysical controversies about color perception and qualia; and, in Part III, the history and philosophy of theories of vision, including methodological controversies surrounding introspection andinvolving the relations between psychology and the fields of neuroscience and cognitive science. An introductory chapter provides a unified overview; an extensive reference list rounds out the volume.
Gary Hatfield has studied visual perception for more than three decades. His works include experimental studies of shape constancy, theoretical papers on perception, and philosophical studies of the fundamental concepts and theories of visual perception and cognition and their history. His work in the history and philosophy of psychol...
Title:Perception and Cognition: Essays in the Philosophy of PsychologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.2 inPublished:March 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199228213

ISBN - 13:9780199228218


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Philosophy and Science of Visual Perception and Cognition, Note on the Concept of Information in PerceptionPart I. Foundational and Theoretical Issues in Perception and Cognition2. Representation and Content in Some (Actual) Theories of Perception3. Representation in Perception and Cognition: Task Analysis, Psychological Functions, and Rule Instantiation4. Perception as Unconscious Inference5. Representation and Constraints: The Inverse Problem and the Structure of Visual Space6. On Perceptual Constancy7. Getting Objects for Free (or Not): The Philosophy and Psychology of Object PerceptionPart II. Color Perception and QualiaIntroduction8. Color Perception and Neural Encoding: Does Matameric Matching Entail a Loss of Information?9. Objectivity and Subjectivity Revisited: Color as a Psychobiological Property10. Sense-Data and the Mind-Body Problem11. The Reality of QualiaPart III. History and Philosophy of Perceptual and Cognitive PsychologyIntroduction12. The Sensory Core and the Medieval Foundations of Early Modern Perceptual Theory. Postscript (2008) on Ibn al-Haytham's (Alhacen's) Theory of Vision13. Attention in Early Scientific Psychology14. Psychology, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science: Reflections on the History and Philosophy of Experimental Psychology15. What Can the Mind Tell Us About the Brain? Psychology, Neurophysiology, and Constraint16. Introspective Evidence in Psychology