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Carving nature at its joints or cutting its effective loops? On the dangers of trying to disentangle intertwined mental processes

  • Robert L. Goldstone (a1), Joshua R. de Leeuw (a1) and David H. Landy (a1)


Attention is often inextricably intertwined with perception, and it is deployed not only to spatial regions, but also to sensory dimensions, learned dimensions, and learned complex configurations. Firestone & Scholl's (F&S)'s tactic of isolating visual perceptual processes from attention and action has the negative consequence of neglecting interactions that are critically important for allowing people to perceive their world in efficient and useful ways.



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