- The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception
- List of Contributors
- Perception in Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Perception in Medieval Philosophy
- Skepticism and Perception
- Perception in Early Modern Philosophy
- Perception in Philosophy and Psychology in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
- Phenomenological Approaches
- Perceptual Representation/Perceptual Content
- Perception and the First Person
- Nonconceptual Content
- Action-Based Accounts of Perception
- Perceptual Reports
- The Chemical Senses
- The Bodily Senses
- Unconscious Perception
- Object Perception
- Primary and Secondary Qualities
- Colour Perception
- Perception and Space
- Perception and Time
- Speech Perception
- Musical Perception
- Own-Body Perception
- Perception of Pain
- Perceiving Nothings
- The Individuation of the Senses
- Perceptual Attention
- Multisensory Perception
- Perceptual Constancy
- How Do Synaesthetes Experience the World?
- Substituting the Senses
- Similarity Spaces
- Bayesian Perceptual Psychology
- Signal Detection Theory
- Information Theory
- Modularity of Perception
- The Epistemology of Perception
- Perceptual Learning
- Perception and Demonstratives
- Nonhuman Animal Senses
- Perception and Art
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Sensory substitution devices are a type of sensory prosthesis that (typically) convert visual stimuli transduced by a camera into tactile or auditory stimulation. They are designed to be used by people with impaired vision so that they can recover some of the functions normally subserved by vision. This chapter considers what philosophers might learn about the nature of the senses from the neuroscience of sensory substitution. It shows how sensory substitution devices work by exploiting the cross-modal plasticity of sensory cortex: the ability of sensory cortex to pick up some types of information about the external environment irrespective of the nature of the sensory inputs it is processing. It explores the implications of cross-modal plasticity for theories of the senses that attempt to make distinctions between the senses on the basis of neurobiology.
Institute of Logic, Language and Computation, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and Its Disorders - Macquarie University, Sydney.
School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
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