Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U. California, Davis
Title: Interpreting Perceptual Reports.
Source: Psychological Bulletin, 1968. 70 (6, Pt. 1): p.575-591 Reference.
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Cognition Perception Perceptual Motor Processes Phenomenology General Topics: APA Journals
Added Keywords: phenomenal vs. cognitive perceptual reports, informativeness of causal determinants
Classification Code: Human Experimental Psychology (2300)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Elaborates on a basis presented in an article by T. Natsoulas (see 41:6) for differentiating phenomenal and cognitive perceptual reports, in terms of their informativeness concerning causal determinants. It is argued that what a perceptual report is about and asserts must be distinguished from the cause which defines it as phenomenal or cognitive. Experiential and situational bases for what a report is about and asserts are discussed and rejected. It is concluded that the referent of a perceptual report is determined by how Subject interprets the perceptual experience which gives rise to his report. Some attention is given to the nature of interpretations of perceptual experience. Implications of the study for the original differentiation between phenomenal and cognitive reports are discussed. (31 ref.) ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)