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Context-dependent and epistemic uses of attention for perceptual-demonstrative identification

Abstract : Object identification via a perceptual-demonstrative mode of presentation has been studied in cognitive science as a particularly direct and context-dependent means of identifying objects. Several recent works in cognitive science have attempted to clarify the relation between attention, demonstrative identification and context exploration. Assuming a distinction between ‘(language-based) demonstrative reference' and ‘perceptual-demonstrative identification', this article aims at specifying the role of attention in the latter and in the linking of conceptual and non conceptual contents while exploring a spatial context. First, the analysis presents an argument to the effect that selection by overt and covert attention is needed for perceptual-demonstrative identification since overt/covert selective attention is required for the situated cognitive access to the target object. Second, it describes a hypothesis that makes explicit some of the roles of attention: the hypothesis of identification by epistemic attention via the control of perceptual routines.
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Nicolas J. Bullot. Context-dependent and epistemic uses of attention for perceptual-demonstrative identification. Context 05, The Fifth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context, Jul 2005, Paris, France. ⟨ijn_00000604⟩



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