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Perception and Its Modalities$
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Dustin Stokes, Mohan Matthen, and Stephen Biggs

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199832798

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199832798.001.0001

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Not All Perceptual Experience Is Modality Specific

Not All Perceptual Experience Is Modality Specific

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Perception and Its Modalities

Casey O’Callaghan

Oxford University Press

Recent science demonstrates that the senses do not act merely in parallel or in isolation from each other. Different senses interact and influence each other in ways that affect perceptual experience. But each aspect of perceptual experience might remain modality specific. One sense might causally but not constitutively impact perceptual experience that is associated with another. This chapter argues that not every perceptual experience is modality specific and not every phenomenal character on each occasion is associated with some specific modality. Thus, the phenomenal character of each perceptual episode is not exhausted by what is associated with each of the respective modalities plus what accrues from mere co-consciousness. A multimodal perceptual episode may have phenomenal features beyond those associated with the specific modalities. Perceptual experience therefore is more than minimally multimodal.

Keywords:   multisensory perception, multimodal perception, cross-modal perception, phenomenal character

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