Crowding, attention and consciousness: In support of the inference hypothesis

Mind and Language 33 (1):17-33 (2018)

Bilge Sayim
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Henry Taylor
University of Birmingham
One of the most important topics in current work on consciousness is what relationship it has to attention. Recently, one of the focuses of this debate has been on the phenomenon of identity crowding. Ned Block has claimed that identity crowding involves conscious perception of an object that we are unable to pay attention to. In this article, we draw upon a range of empirical findings to argue against Block's interpretation of the data. We also argue that current empirical evidence strongly supports an interpretation of the data that emphasises cognitive inference over conscious perception.
Keywords attention  consciousness  crowding  inference  perception
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DOI 10.1111/mila.12169
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