The Representational Formats of Cognition and Perception and their Interface: Part 1

AbstractI examine the representational formats of perceptual states and cognitive states related to perception, such as perceptual beliefs stored in long term memory, and argue, first, that despite their important differences they both have an iconic ingredient. Then, I explain how this common iconic component of perceptual and cognitive contents allow cognitive states to modulate perceptual processing focusing on a recent argument made by Burnston (2017) to the effect that owing to their differing representational formats cognition cannot affect directly perception.

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