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Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory$
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Fiona Macpherson and Fabian Dorsch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198717881.001.0001

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Superimposed Mental Imagery

Superimposed Mental Imagery

On the Uses of Make-Perceive

(p.161) 8 Superimposed Mental Imagery
Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory

Robert Eamon Briscoe

Oxford University Press

Human beings have the capacity to ‘augment’ reality by superimposing mental imagery on the visually perceived scene, a capacity that is here referred to as make-perceive. In the first part of this chapter, the author shows that make-perceive enables us to solve certain problems and pursue certain projects more effectively than bottom-up perceiving or top-down visualization alone. The second part addresses the question of whether make-perceive may help to account for the phenomenal presence of occluded or otherwise hidden features of perceived objects. The author argues that phenomenal presence isn’t well explained by the hypothesis that hidden features are represented using projected mental images. In defending this position, he points to important phenomenological and functional differences between the way hidden object features are represented respectively in mental imagery and amodal completion.

Keywords:   amodal completion, Gestalt theory, make-perceive, mental animation, mental imagery, perceptual organization, vision

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