Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis, USA
Title: The distinction between visual perceiving and visual perceptual experience.
Source: Journal of Mind & Behavior, 1989 Win, 1989. 10 (1): p.37-61
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Awareness Visual Perception
Added Keywords: visual perceiving vs visual perceptual experience
Classification Code: Visual Perception (2323)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Discusses visual perceptual experience (awareness) and distinguishes it from visual perceiving. The former is both a kind of consciousness and an ongoing process in the brain (or cerebral hemisphere). Absent all visual perceptual experience, the proximate product of the activity of visual perceiving would be simply the visual system's continuously embodying picked-up information from the stimulus flux at the visual receptors. This changing informational status of the visual system could still affect behavior, in the absence of visual perceptual experience; however, the perceiver could not base his/her actions on what was being visually perceived, since no one would be visually aware of anything when visual perceiving was going on. Thus, missing would be a major adaptational payoff of there having evolved a visual perceptual system of the human kind (which other creatures may also share). ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)