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The Innocent Eye: Why Vision Is Not a Cognitive Process

Nico Orlandi


The Innocent Eye develops a way of understanding vision inspired by recent literature in situated cognition. To explain why the world looks as it does, the book appeals to the structure of the environment in which we are situated and to our attunement to that environment. This approach contrasts with models of vision in cognitive science that treat visual processing as an ‘inference’ or a ‘construction,’ where representational resources are used to produce visual percepts. The main claim of the book is that this construction is both unnecessary and unsupported by the evidence. If we study the ... More

Keywords: vision, visual inference, visual construction, mental representation, embedded perception, de-coupleability, tracking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199375035
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199375035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nico Orlandi, author
Rice University