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  • adj. Not modal (in any sense)


From a- +‎ modal (Wiktionary)


  • Purportedly not directly about imagery, but deals with the closely adjacent topic of mental representations that are inherently perceptual in character, and argues that they are adequate to account for cognition, and explanatorily superior to “amodal” conceptions of representation (such as mentalese) For some recent supporting evidence, that also makes the link with imagery explicit, see Kan et al. (2003), and for some philosophical support see Nyíri (2001) and Prinz (2002).

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  • The arguments are also addressed, at least in part, by Barsalou and his collaborators, who have proposed a theory of what they call “perceptual symbol systems” as an alternative to the language-like, “amodal”

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  • Second, all of this may bear on how to delineate what counts as auditory perception, as opposed to visual or even amodal perception.

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  • This could ground a case that auditory and visual experiences share common multimodal or amodal content (see O'Callaghan 2008b, Clark forthcoming).

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  • This task delay is thought to result from a bottleneck occurring at a central, amodal stage of information processing that precludes two response selection or decision-making operations from being concurrently executed…. News

  • Common-format theories of auditory-visual speech perception suggest that modality-specific stimulus information is transformed into an amodal representation

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  • The model proposed here most naturally fits with an amodal (or supramodal) word space: neither dimension of this space has a purely auditory or visual character, but instead, each sensory modality contributes some evidence in each of the feature dimensions.

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  • Rather, they suggest that other inputs are also involved, including amodal perception (the ability of the brain to automatically "fill in" blank spaces for us) and spatial perception (providing the viewer with a sense of space beyond the image).

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  • As a final example, Kellman and Spelke [54] showed that motion contributes to lower the age at which infants become able to perceive amodal figures, just like it does for illusory figures.

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  • For instance, the invisible portion of an amodal line can trigger responses in macaque V1 neurons when the obstacle is stereoscopically placed in front of the inducing line segments

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