The Attentional Shaping of Perceptual Experience - An Investigation into Attention and Cognitive Penetrability

by Francesco Marchi
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Francesco Marchi The Attentional Shaping of Perceptual Experience - An Investigation into Attention and Cognitive Penetrability
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This monograph presents a clear account of when and how attentional processes can shape perceptual experience. This argument is based on the prediction-error minimization model of the mind. The author believes that the topic of attention should take a more central role in the debate about the influence of cognition on perception. Inside, he shows how this can be possible.



The hypothesis that cognition may shape perceptual experience has been traditionally labeled as the cognitive penetrability of perceptual experience. Cognitive penetrability is relevant for several debates in philosophy and cognitive science. It tackles the possibility of gathering genuine knowledge on the basis of perceptual information about the world delivered by sensory channels. The problem, the author notes, is that if our previously acquired belief can shape current perceptual experiences, such experiences cannot serve as an adequate source of justification in retaining those beliefs or even forming new ones. He argues that cognitive penetration may sometimes happen through attentional processes, but that its occurrence need not undermine perceptual justification.



The book provides an overview of the cognitive penetrability debate. The author discusses evidence that supports the occurrence of this phenomenon. Overall, this investigation offers readers a philosophical discussion of attention based on the biased-competition theory. It argues that attention is a property of mental representations that emerges from a metacognitive competition process.

Contributors

Author:
Francesco Marchi

Further information

Illustrations Note:
XVIII, 157 p. 1 illus.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1. A Play with Two Characters: Perception and Cognition.- Chapter 2. The Cognitive Processing Hierarchy.- Chapter 3. The Cognitive Penetrability of Perceptual Experience.- Chapter 4. Attention and the Shaping of Experience.- Chapter 5. Toward a Theory of Attention.- Chapter 6. How Attentional Cognitive Penetration Works.- Chapter 7. Expectations and Predictions as a Model of Cognition.- Chapter 8. A Predictive Model of Attentional Cognitive Penetration.
Remarks:
Offers an action-based criterion to ground a graded distinction between perception and cognition in the mental processing hierarchy


Provides a philosophical discussion of attention based on the biased-competition theory


Presents a clear account of when and how attentional processes can shape perceptual experience based on the prediction-error minimization model of the mind

Media Type:
Softcover
Publisher:
Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Francesco Marchi is a research assistant at the chair for Philosophy of Mind in the department of Philosophy II of the Ruhr University of Bochum. He received his PhD in March 2017 with a dissertation about the role of attentional processes in the interaction between cognition and perception. His main interests lay in the Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, Predictive-Coding models of cognition and Epistemology. His published work currently focuses on the cognitive penetrability of perceptual experience and the role of attention in the shaping of experience by cognition.
Language:
English
Edition:
1st ed. 2020
Number of Pages:
157

Master Data

Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
24 January 2021
Package Dimensions:
0.235 x 0.156 x 0.012 m; 0.28 kg
GTIN:
09783030335601
DUIN:
AH0H16V32R0
£62.75
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