Action, Detection, and Perception: A Computational Model of the Relation Between Movement and Orientation Selectivity in the Cerebral Cortex


A fundamental tenet of enactive theories of cognition states that action is a necessary prerequisite to perception. In this paper we review the basis for this assumption and, with the help of a computational model of the famous Held and Hein kitten experiments, challenge the necessity of movement in subsequent detection. In normal development action does play an important role in setting up detection, but we aim here to widen our conceptions and consider the effect of correlations between non-motoric events.

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