Behavioral and Brain Sciences



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Depicting second-order isomorphism and “depictive” representations


Hedy Amiri a1 and Chad J. Marsolek a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 amir0010@tc.umn.edu chad.j.marsolek-1@umn.edu http://levels.psych.umn.edu

Abstract

According to Pylyshyn, depictive representations can be explanatory only if a certain kind of first-order isomorphism exists between the mental representations and real-world displays. What about a system with second-order isomorphism (similarities between different mental representations corresponding with similarities between different real-world displays)? Such a system may help to address whether “depictive” representations contribute to the visual nature of imagery.



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