On perceptual expertise

Mind and Language (forthcoming)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Expertise is a cognitive achievement that clearly involves experience and learning, and often requires explicit, time-consuming training specific to the relevant domain. It is also intuitive that this kind of achievement is, in a rich sense, genuinely perceptual. Many experts—be they radiologists, bird watchers, or fingerprint examiners—are better perceivers in the domain(s) of their expertise. The goal of this paper is to motivate three related claims, by substantial appeal to recent empirical research on perceptual expertise: Perceptual expertise is genuinely perceptual and genuinely cognitive, and this phenomenon reveals how we can become epistemically better perceivers. These claims are defended against sceptical opponents that deny significant top-down or cognitive effects on perception, and opponents who maintain that any such effects on perception are epistemically pernicious.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
First archival date: 2017-02-14
Latest version: 6 (2019-07-17)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Computation and Cognition.Pylyshyn, Zenon W.

View all 27 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
411 ( #10,252 of 49,005 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
86 ( #6,540 of 49,005 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.