By D. Riddoch
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Nevertheless, I believe that phenomena in these ﬁelds share, on a more abstract level, structural similarities that appear to point to deeper principles of our mental architecture. This is hardly surprising, because there is no reason to expect that classes of perceptual phenomena that arise in the context of certain artifacts, such as pictures, and classes of phenomena that pertain to certain phenomenal attributes, such as color, will survive as theoretically useful categories when more successful explanatory accounts of perception have eventually been developed.
The coding properties pertaining to a representational primitive “ambient illumination” (or transmission medium) resemble, and are probably related to, coding properties of the “ground” in ﬁgure-ground segmentations (cf. Kaila 1928). Surfaces and Objects Representational primitives of “surfaces” (cf.
We know from psychophysics that the depth one experiences, that is, the apparent variation in surface relief and the relative location of objects in 3-D space, is constructed from multiple sources of evidence. These cues can carry different weights with respect to internal spatial representations, weights that can be but are not necessarily in line with natural ecological constraints. For instance, occlusion carries a strong internal weight but provides only weak constraints for spatial representations, namely, that the depth on one side of the border is greater than on the other side.