Compositionality in visual perception

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 46:e277 (2023)
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Quilty-Dunn et al.'s wide-ranging defense of the Language of Thought Hypothesis (LoTH) argues that vision traffics in abstract, structured representational formats. We agree: Vision, like language, is compositional – just as words compose into phrases, many visual representations contain discrete constituents that combine in systematic ways. Here, we amass evidence extending this proposal, and explore its implications for how vision interfaces with the rest of the mind.

Author Profiles

Chaz Firestone
Johns Hopkins University
E. J. Green
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alon Hafri
University of Delaware


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