The relationship between cognitive penetration and predictive coding

Macpherson, F. (2017) The relationship between cognitive penetration and predictive coding. Consciousness and Cognition, 47, pp. 6-16. (doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2016.04.001) (PMID:27114093)

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If beliefs and desires affect perception—at least in certain specified ways—then cognitive penetration occurs. Whether it occurs is a matter of controversy. Recently, some proponents of the predictive coding account of perception have claimed that the account entails that cognitive penetrations occurs. I argue that the relationship between the predictive coding account and cognitive penetration is dependent on both the specific form of the predictive coding account and the specific form of cognitive penetration. In so doing, I spell out different forms of each and the relationship that holds between them. Thus, mere acceptance of the predictive coding approach to perception does not determine whether one should think that cognitive penetration exists. Moreover, given that there are such different conceptions of both predictive coding and cognitive penetration, researchers should cease talking of either without making clear which form they refer to, if they aspire to make true generalisations.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Macpherson, Professor Fiona
Authors: Macpherson, F.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Consciousness and Cognition
ISSN (Online):1090-2376
Published Online:22 April 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Consciousness and Cognition 47:6-16
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629111"Rethinking the Senses"?Fiona MacphersonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/L007053/1HU - PHILOSOPHY