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Laws, Mind, and Free Will$
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Steven Horst

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015257

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015257.001.0001

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Psychophysical Laws and Models of Early Vision

Psychophysical Laws and Models of Early Vision

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Laws, Mind, and Free Will

Steven Horst

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on a number of issues that have remained unresolved thus far in this book. First, there is the question of whether various disciplines that study cognition really employ laws at all. Second, “the sciences of cognition” have largely been spoken of as though they were a more or less homogenous group, although their forms of explanation in textbooks on neuroscience, neural modeling, psychophysics, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and ethology look significantly different. In this and the next remaining chapters, some examples from three distinct areas of the sciences of cognition shall be studied in order to highlight their commonalities and their differences, and to render more explicit the kinds of generalizations they employ. The chapter focuses on an examination of visual psychophysics and its connection to circuit-like models early in the visual system.

Keywords:   cognition, laws, sciences of cognition, visual psychophysics, circuit-like models, visual system

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