An ecological approach to cognitive (im)penetrability

R.G. Withagen, C.F. Michaels

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    We offer an ecological (Gibsonian) alternative to cognitive (im)penetrability. Whereas Pylyshyn explains cognitive (im)penetrability by focusing solely on computations carried out by thee nervous system, according to the ecological approach the perceiver as a knowing agent influences the entire animal-environmental system: in the determination of what constitutes the environment (affordantes), what constitutes information, what information is detected and, thus, what is perceived.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)399-400
    Number of pages2
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


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