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Sensorimotor Expectations and the Visual Field

Cavedon-Taylor, Dan (2018). Sensorimotor Expectations and the Visual Field. Synthese Early access.

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Sensorimotor expectations concern how visual experience covaries with bodily movement. Sensorimotor theorists argue from such expectations to the conclusion that the phenomenology of vision is constitutively embodied: objects within the visual field are experienced as 3-D because sensorimotor expectations partially constitute our experience of such objects. Critics argue that there are (at least) two ways to block the above inference: to explain how we visually experience objects as 3-D, one may appeal to such non-bodily factors as (1) expectations about movements of objects, not the perceiver, or to (2) the role of mental imagery in visual experience. But instead of using sensorimotor expectations to explain how objects are experienced within the visual field, we can instead use them to explain our experience of the visual field itself and, in particular, our experience of its limits; that is, our ever-present visual sense of there being more to see, beyond what’s currently within the visual field. Crucially, this inference from sensorimotor expectations to the constitutive embodiment of visual phenomenology is not threatened by the above two challenges. I thus present here a sensorimotor theory of the phenomenology of the visual field, that is, our experience of our visual fields as such.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Dan Cavedon-Taylor
ISSN: 0039-7857
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
FWO Odysseus GrantG.0020.12NNot Set
Keywords: action; mental imagery; pictorial experience; puzzle of perceptual presence; sensorimotor expectations; visual field
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 66749
Depositing User: Dan Cavedon-Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 11:44
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2020 08:35
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