The Object Properties Model of Object Perception: Between the Binding Model and the Theoretical Model

Author: Bermudez, Jose

Source: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 14, Numbers 9-10, 2007 , pp. 43-65(23)

Publisher: Imprint Academic

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This article proposes an object properties approach to object perception. By thinking about objects as clusters of co-instantiated features that possess certain canonical higher-order object properties we can steer a middle way between two extreme views that are dominant in different areas of empirical research into object perception and the development of the object concept. Object perception should be understood in terms of perceptual sensitivity to those object properties, where that perceptual sensitivity can be explained in a manner consistent with the graded representation approach adopted by some connectionist modellers. The object properties approach does justice to the differences between a perceptual system solving the binding problem, on the one hand, and genuinely perceiving objects, on the other, without running into the theoretical problems associated with treating young infants as 'little scientists'.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, MO 63130, USA, Email:

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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