Perception in Practice

Review of Philosophy and Psychology:1-14 (forthcoming)
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A study of culturally-embedded perceptual responses to aesthetic value indicates that learned perceptual capacities can secure compliance with social norms. We should therefore resist the temptation to draw a line between cognitive processes, such as perception, that can adapt to differences in physical environments, and cognitive processes, such as economic decision-making, that are shaped by social norms. Compliance with social norms is a result of perceptual learning when that same compliance modifies perceptible features of the physical environment.

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Dominic McIver Lopes
University of British Columbia
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University of British Columbia, Okanagan

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