Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnsys.2015.00156
Title: Perception and reality: Why a wholly empirical paradigm is needed to understand vision
Authors: Purves, D 
Morgenstern, Y 
Wojtach, W.T.
Keywords: perception
vision
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Citation: Purves, D, Morgenstern, Y, Wojtach, W.T. (2015). Perception and reality: Why a wholly empirical paradigm is needed to understand vision. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 9 (November) : 156. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnsys.2015.00156
Abstract: A central puzzle in vision science is how perceptions that are routinely at odds with physical measurements of real world properties can arise from neural responses that nonetheless lead to effective behaviors. Here we argue that the solution depends on: (1) rejecting the assumption that the goal of vision is to recover, however imperfectly, properties of the world; and (2) replacing it with a paradigm in which perceptions reflect biological utility based on past experience rather than objective features of the environment. Present evidence is consistent with the conclusion that conceiving vision in wholly empirical terms provides a plausible way to understand what we see and why. Copyright © 2015 Purves, Morgenstern and Wojtach.
Source Title: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/174273
ISSN: 16625137
DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2015.00156
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