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Visual ExperienceSensation, Cognition, and Constancy$
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Gary Hatfield and Sarah Allred

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199597277

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597277.001.0001

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Computation and the Ambiguity of Perception

Computation and the Ambiguity of Perception

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(p.160) Chapter 8 Computation and the Ambiguity of Perception
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Visual Experience
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Jonathan Cohen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597277.003.0009

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

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