Cognitive penetration: Would we know it if we saw it?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (3):390-391 (1999)
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Abstract

How can the impenetrability hypothesis be empirically tested? We comment on the role of signal detection measures, suggesting that context effects on discriminations for which post-perceptual cues are irrelevant, or on neural activity associated with early vision, would challenge impenetrability. We also note the great computational power of the proposed pre-perceptual attention processes and consider the implications for testability of the theory.

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