The visual categories for letters and words reside outside any informationally encapsulated perceptual system

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (3):368-369 (1999)
According to Pylyshyn, the early visual system is able to categorize perceptual inputs into shape classes based on visual similarity criteria; it is also suggested that written words may be categorized within early vision. This speculation is contradicted by the fact that visually unrelated exemplars of a given letter (e.g., a/A) or word (e.g., read/READ) map onto common visual categories.
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