Conference "Impure Perception"

Berlin SChool of Mind and Brain, OCtober 23/24

On Non-Sensory Influence on Sensory Processing


Within philosophy and the cognitive sciences it has been traditionally assumed that perception is “informationally encapsulated”: it was believed that sensory systems could not be influenced by information outside the senses. This view, also known as the “modularity” of perception, has been widely accepted until recently, but some researchers are beginning to challenge the received view. There is evidence that what we see, for example, can be influenced by our emotional states, motor responses, beliefs, and even the language we speak. If so, this has implications for the epistemic authority of perception, the division between mind and body, and the alleged universality of perceptual experience. This conference brings together an international group of researchers who have been at the forefront of this emerging perspective. Psychologists, psycholinguists, and philosophers will explore ways in which perception might be impure.


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Friday, October 23, 2015


13.00 – 15.20    

1. Dustin Stokes (Utah): Attention and the cognitive penetration of perception


2. Bence Nanay (Antwerp): Perception as controlled mental imagery


15.40 – 18.00

3. Panos Athanasopoulos (Lancaster): The Whorfian warp: perception through the           language glass


4. Anna M. Borghi (Bologna, Rome): Motor and linguistic contaminations of

                    perception: from object affordances to abstract concepts


5. Simone Schnall (Cambridge): cancelled


Saturday, October 24, 2015


10.00 - 12.30

 6. Sally Linkenauger (Lancaster): Welcome to wonderland: A body-based approach           to the scaling of perceived extents

 7. Jesse Prinz (New York, Berlin): The social construction of seeing



Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Luisenstraße 56, Haus 1

10117 Berlin

Festsaal (2nd floor)

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