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Perception and Its Modalities$
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Dustin Stokes, Mohan Matthen, and Stephen Biggs

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199832798

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199832798.001.0001

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The Diversity of Human Visual Experience

The Diversity of Human Visual Experience

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Perception and Its Modalities

Howard C. Hughes

Robert Fendrich

Sarah E. Streeter

Oxford University Press

In everyday parlance, the primary meaning of the verb “to see” is “to perceive by eye.” However, a variety of phenomena make it clear that visual percepts can be experienced despite an absence of information from the eyes, and the processing of information from the eyes need not result in conscious visual percepts. The chapter explores some varieties of visual experience that demonstrate dissociations between recognition and awareness, detection and recognition, conscious and unconscious visual processes, and several varieties of “blindness.” It considers these dissociations in both neurologically intact and neurologically compromised individuals. The resulting analysis illustrates a diversity of visual experiences that go well beyond the standard meaning of the verb “to see.”.

Keywords:   awareness, hyperacuity, anorthoscopic perception, change-blindness, bindsight, hallucinations, Anton’s syndrome, vicariation

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