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Bayesian Modeling of Perceiving: A Guide to Basic Principles

Bennett, DJ and Trommersh�user, J and van Dam, LCJ (2014) 'Bayesian Modeling of Perceiving: A Guide to Basic Principles.' In: Bennett, DJ and Hill, CS, (eds.) Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness. MIT Press, 3 - 14. ISBN 9780262027786

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Philosophical reflection on perceptual consciousness has typically adopted a modality-specific perspective as its point of departure. According to this approach, an account of perceptual consciousness as a whole will simply fall out of an account of each of the various perceptual modalities. In this chapter, Tim Baynes argues against one manifestation of this atomistic approach to perceptual experience: the decomposition thesis. According to the decomposition thesis, a person?s overall perceptual experience can be identified with the sum of their modality-specific experiences. He examines objections to the decomposition thesis deriving from three sources: the phenomenal unity of consciousness, the existence of common sensibles, and the nature of multisensory integration, focusing in most detail on the last of these three objections.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perceptual experience, Multisensory integration, Unity of consciousness, Object files, Binding, Common sensibles
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 13:49
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:25

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