Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images - a Review

Stuart, S.A.J. (2008) Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images - a Review. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 15(3), pp. 125-127. [Book Review]

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Stafford’s aim is to ‘insert the cognitive work of images more cen- trally’ into the enterprise of cognitive science. She achieves her goal and a great deal more besides. Images, perception, but most of all the perceiver, are fundamental in her book; for she offers a means to rebel against the ‘disappearance of the person [who has been] swallowed in a galaxy of neurons, awash in neurotransmitters, and dispersed in syn- aptic circuitry’ (p. 2). By exploring issues like the epistemological sig- nificance of shape, mimesis, empathy and the appeal of imitation, the haptics of spatial perception and the varieties of self-design or auto-organization, Stafford argues that art plays just as significant a role in neuroscience as neuroscience has played in our understanding of art and the developing field of neuro-aesthetics.

Item Type:Book Reviews
Keywords:Art, Consciousness, Neuroaesthetics
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stuart, Dr Susan
Authors: Stuart, S.A.J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Consciousness Studies
Journal Abbr.:JCS

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