Between Multimodal Perception and Action

Speaker: Bence Nanay
Date: Thursday 6 February 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Senate House, Senate House, WC1E 7HU
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Room 243

In recent years, a lot of empirical findings have confirmed that multimodal perception is the rule, not the exception – processing in one sense modality influences and is influenced by processing in other sense modalities at various points. And a lot of different, independent empirical findings have confirmed that perception – at least some perception – is inherently bound up with our motor actions: some of our perceptual states directly, that is, without the mediation of beliefs/desires, influences our action. If we take these two set of findings together – and only if we take them together – we can make progress in some important philosophical debates about perception.
I will talk about two of these: one concerning the sensory individuals of different sense modalities and one about the representation of space that allows for crossmodal binding.