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Touching Voids: On the Varieties of Absence Perception

Cavedon-Taylor, Dan (2017). Touching Voids: On the Varieties of Absence Perception. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 8(2) pp. 355–366.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13164-016-0302-7
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Abstract

Seeing one’s laptop to be missing, hearing silence and smelling fresh air; these are all examples of perceptual experiences of absences. In this paper I discuss an example of absence perception in the tactual sense modality, that of tactually perceiving a tooth to be absent in one’s mouth, following its extraction. Various features of the example challenge two recently-developed theories of absence perception: Farennikova’s memory-perception mismatch theory and Martin and Dockic’s meta-cognitive theory. I speculate that the mechanism underlying the experience is a body schema that has failed to update itself.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Springer
ISSN: 1878-5158
Keywords: perceptual experience; body schema; incoming stimulus; deviant pattern; tactual perception
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: 66751
Depositing User: Dan Cavedon-Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 12:01
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 12:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/66751
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