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New enactive article on sensory modalities.

Posted in General by marekmcgann on February 25, 2010

Some shameless self-promotion.

I’ve just had an article published in the Journal of Consciousness Studies on what an enactive approach to sensory modalities would look like. I use the account to make some generic arguments about the continuity between the supposed “lower” and “higher” cognitive functions that many cognitive scientists are fond of separating from one another.

I’ve presented the main ideas in the paper at least twice in e-intentionality seminars (possibly three times, actually, but my memory is a little hazy) over the years.

I don’t actually have a electronic copy of the published version, but if you’re interested there’s a submission draft here:

MMcGann – Perceptual Modalities: Modes of Presentation or Modes of Action

Also, since submitting the article I’ve become more familiar with and impressed by ecological psychology and felt the need to rectify the approach’s absence from the article by writing a kind of appendix to the paper on my own blog, here.


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  1. Tom Froese said, on February 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Wow, nice article! What a great way to start the enactive year of 2010!

    And very timely as well – I’m just finishing up a paper proposing an enactive theory of synesthesia, but it looks like you beat me to it in more generic terms! ;-)


  2. marekmcgann said, on February 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks Tom. And rather amusingly, it sounds like you’ve just beaten me to the punch on the synaesthesia front. I’ve been reading for a while and was planning on writing a paper over the next couple of months!

    (Perhaps we should communicate more….:-)

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