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Computation and the Ambiguity of Perception

Jonathan Cohen

in Visual Experience

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199597277
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597277.003.0009
Computation and the Ambiguity of Perception

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There is a class of phenomena that suggests strongly that perception is, in some sense to be explained, ambiguous in what it tells us about the world. In the cases at issue, the perceptual system is capable of responding to a single stimulus — say, as manifested in the ways in which subjects sort that stimulus — in different ways. Indeed, in many cases, subjects can be made to switch at will between these different modes of response. This chapter is about that ambiguity, and about how it should be characterized and accounted for within a general theory of perception.

Keywords: perception; ambiguity; stimuli; modes of response

Chapter.  8383 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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