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Studies in Brain and Mind

The Attentional Shaping of Perceptual Experience

An Investigation into Attention and Cognitive Penetrability

Authors: Marchi, Francesco

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  • 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
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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Attentional Shaping of Perceptual Experience
Book Subtitle
An Investigation into Attention and Cognitive Penetrability
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Brain and Mind
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-33558-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-33558-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-33557-1
Series ISSN
1573-4536
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 157
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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