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  1. Nicolas J. Bullot (forthcoming). Agent Tracking: A Psycho-Historical Theory of the Identification of Living and Social Agents. Biology and Philosophy:1-24.
    To explain agent-identification behaviours, universalist theories in the biological and cognitive sciences have posited mental mechanisms thought to be universal to all humans, such as agent detection and face recognition mechanisms. These universalist theories have paid little attention to how particular sociocultural or historical contexts interact with the psychobiological processes of agent-identification. In contrast to universalist theories, contextualist theories appeal to particular historical and sociocultural contexts for explaining agent-identification. Contextualist theories tend to adopt idiographic methods aimed at recording the heterogeneity (...)
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  2. Nicolas J. Bullot (2014). Explaining Person Identification: An Inquiry Into the Tracking of Human Agents. Topics in Cognitive Science 6 (4):567-584.
    To introduce the issue of the tracking and identification of human agents, I examine the ability of an agent to track a human person and distinguish this target from other individuals: The ability to perform person identification. First, I discuss influential mechanistic models of the perceptual recognition of human faces and people . Such models propose detailed hypotheses about the parts and activities of the mental mechanisms that control the perceptual recognition of persons. However, models based on perceptual recognition are (...)
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  3. Anina N. Rich & Nicolas J. Bullot (2014). Keeping Track: The Tracking and Identification of Human Agents. Topics in Cognitive Science 6 (4):560-566.
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  4. Nicolas J. Bullot & Rolf Reber (2013). A Psycho-Historical Research Program for the Integrative Science of Art. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (2):163 - 180.
    Critics of the target article objected to our account of art appreciators' sensitivity to art-historical contexts and functions, the relations among the modes of artistic appreciation, and the weaknesses of aesthetic science. To rebut these objections and justify our program, we argue that the current neglect of sensitivity to art-historical contexts persists as a result of a pervasive aesthetic–artistic confound; we further specify our claim that basic exposure and the design stance are necessary conditions of artistic understanding; and we explain (...)
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  5. Nicolas J. Bullot & Rolf Reber (2013). The Artful Mind Meets Art History: Toward a Psycho-Historical Framework for the Science of Art Appreciation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (2):123-180.
    Research seeking a scientific foundation for the theory of art appreciation has raised controversies at the intersection of the social and cognitive sciences. Though equally relevant to a scientific inquiry into art appreciation, psychological and historical approaches to art developed independently and lack a common core of theoretical principles. Historicists argue that psychological and brain sciences ignore the fact that artworks are artifacts produced and appreciated in the context of unique historical situations and artistic intentions. After revealing flaws in the (...)
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  6. Nicolas J. Bullot (2009). Material Anamnesis and the Prompting of Aesthetic Worlds. Journal of Consciousness Studies 16 (1):85-109.
    Many scholars view artworks as the products of cultural history and arbitrary institutional conventions. Others construe art as the result of psychological mechanisms internal to the organism. These historical and psychological approaches are often viewed as foes rather than friends. Is it possible to combine these two approaches in a unified analysis of the perception and consciousness of artworks? I defend a positive answer to this question and propose a psycho-historical theory, which argues that artworks are historical and material artefacts (...)
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  7. Nicolas J. Bullot & Paul Égré (2009). Editorial: Objects and Sound Perception. [REVIEW] Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1 (1):5-17.
    Editorial: Objects and Sound Perception Content Type Journal Article Pages 5-17 DOI 10.1007/s13164-009-0006-3 Authors Nicolas J. Bullot, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage (CRAL/CNRS) 96 Bd Raspail 75006 Paris France Paul Égré, Institut Jean-Nicod (ENS/EHESS/CNRS) Département d’Etudes Cognitives de l’ENS 29 rue d’Ulm 75005 Paris France Journal Review of Philosophy and Psychology Online ISSN 1878-5166 Print ISSN 1878-5158 Journal Volume Volume 1 Journal Issue Volume 1, Number 1.
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  8. Nicolas J. Bullot (2005). Context-Dependent and Epistemic Uses of Attention for Perceptual-Demonstrative Identification. In B. Kokinov A. Dey (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Springer. 69--82.
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  9. Nicolas J. Bullot & Patrick Rysiew, Tracking Objects, Tracking Agents.
    Animals and humans have to keep track of individuals in their environment, both in perception and in cognition . Items that are typical targets for tracking are things such as stationary physical objects , moving physical objects and human beings. All such items are located in a spatial environment, persist over time, and are – or at least closely related to, in the case of conspecifics' bodies – physical objects that respect non trivial objecthood criteria such as having cohesive parts, (...)
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  10. Nicolas J. Bullot, Auditory and Cross-Modal Attention for the Cognitive Access to Objects.
    This article aims at studying how we track and identify objects on the basis of multimodal perception. It belongs to ‘procedural' theories according to which demonstrative identification depends on using procedures of perceptual attention . In contrast to prevalent views according to which demonstrative identification is primarily based on the orienting of visual attention to the target object itself , I shall investigate an alternative Crossmodal View. According to the Crossmodal View, demonstrative identification depends more fundamentally on crossmodal attention. I (...)
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  11. Nicolas J. Bullot, Roberto Casati, Jérôme Dokic & Maurizio Giri, Sounding Objects.
    Taxonomy of philosophical theories of Sound: proximal theories; medial theories; distal theories. A distal theory: The Located Event Theory of sound. Understanding sound and the cognition of sounding objects; ontology of sound according to the LET; epistemology of the perception of sound and sounding objects; auditory images according to the LET; conceptual revisions entailed by distal theories and the LET; replies to objections.
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