Title

Familiarity and the Inferential Theory of Perception

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2006

Abstract

Not all empirical work in the psychology of perception has operated explicitly within a theoretical framework. But when it has, that framework has usually been provided by the inferential theory of perception. I argue that in spite of its explanatory strengths, the inferential theory of perception conceals a well-established empirical phenomenon. That phenomenon is known in ordinary parlance as ‘familiarity’. I discuss why the inferential theory of perception cannot deal with familiarity and what it reveals about the limits of the inferential theory of perception.

Journal

Theory and Psychology

Volume

16

Issue

4

First Page

505

Last Page

525