ARE THE SENSES SEPARATE? BBS Call for Commentary

Stevan Harnad harnad at cogito.ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Feb 8 16:00:05 EST 2000


        Below is the abstract of a forthcoming BBS target article.

	    ON SPECIFICATION AND THE SENSES

		by Thomas A. Stoffregen
	    and Benoit G. Bardy
     
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    ON SPECIFICATION AND THE SENSES

	Thomas A. Stoffregen
	Department of Psychology
	P. O. Box 210376
	University of Cincinnati
	Cincinnati, OH 45221-0376 USA
	stoffrta at email.uc.edu
  
	Benoit G. Bardy
	Universite de Paris Sud-XI
	Division of Sport Sciences (STAPS)
	Batiment 335, 91405 Orsay Cedex
	FRANCE
	benoit.bardy at staps.u-psud.fr

    KEYWORDS: epistemology, information, intersensory, perception,
    perceptual learning, sensory neurophysiology, sensory systems,
    specification.

    ABSTRACT: In this target article we question the assumption that
    perception is divided into separate domains of vision, hearing,
    touch, taste, and smell. We review implications of this assumption
    for theories of perception, and for our understanding of ambient
    energy arrays (e.g., the optic and acoustic arrays) that are
    available to perceptual systems. We analyze three hypotheses about
    relations between ambient arrays and physical reality; (1) that
    there is an ambiguous relation between ambient energy arrays and
    physical reality; (2) that there is a unique relation between
    individual energy arrays and physical reality; (3) that there is a
    redundant but unambiguous relation, within or across arrays,
    between energy arrays and physical reality. This is followed by a
    review of the physics of motion, focusing on the existence and
    status of referents for physical motion. Our review indicates that
    it is not possible, in principle, for there to be a unique relation
    between physical motion and the structure of individual energy
    arrays. We argue that physical motion relative to different
    referents is specified only in the global array, which consists of
    higher-order relations across different forms of energy. The
    existence of specificity in the global array is consistent with the
    idea of direct perception, and so poses a challenge to traditional,
    inference-based theories of perception and cognition. However, it
    also presents a challenge to much work within the ecological
    approach to perception and action, which has accepted the
    assumption of separate senses.

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