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p. 1449. The futurelocked

  • Brian Rogers

Abstract

Perception is one of the best understood topics in psychology and yet there is still no universal agreement as to how we should understand the purpose or objective of perceptual processes. Should it be to explain how we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch—our subjective experiences—or should it be to explain how sensory information guides and controls action? ‘The future’ considers to what extent our perceptual processes are cognitively penetrable, that is, affected by higher-level processes of attention, expectations, emotions, and knowledge. It also explains the important consequences of ecological validity for the kinds of experiments we use to study perception.

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