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Understanding EventsFrom Perception to Action$
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Thomas F. Shipley and Jeffrey M. Zacks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188370.001.0001

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Dynamics and the Perception of Causal Events

Dynamics and the Perception of Causal Events

(p.555) 20 Dynamics and the Perception of Causal Events
Understanding Events

Phillip Wolff

Oxford University Press

We use our knowledge of causal relationships to imagine possible events. We also use these relationships to look deep into the past and infer events that were not witnessed or to infer what can not be directly seen in the present. Knowledge of causal relationships allows us to go beyond the here and now. This chapter introduces a new theoretical framework for how this very basic concept might be mentally represented. It proposes an epistemological theory of causation — that is, a theory that specifies the nature of people's knowledge of causation, the notion of causation used in everyday language and reasoning.

Keywords:   causation, event perception, dynamics model, epistemological theory of causation, reasoning

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