Sensorimotor contingencies do not replace internal representations, and mastery is not necessary for perception

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Sensorimotor contingencies are certainly of great importance for perception but they are no substitute for the internal representation of perceived information. I argue that internal, non-iconic representations of perceptions must, and do, exist and that sensorimotor contingencies are an integral part of them. Further, I argue that mastery of the sensory apparatus or environment is not a prerequisite for perception and that perception is possible in the absence of any control over the perceptual process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-995
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume24
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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