New Papers: Social and Contextual Constraints on Perception


March 2017.

This month’s issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science features Simone Schnall’s article “Social and Contextual Constraints on Embodied Perception” which makes the case that because perception and judgment cannot be separated, misattribution and discounting processes need to be considered when studying the influence of bodily and experiential factors on perception. Furthermore, many recent studies are not subject to the concern of experimental demand characteristics that has been raised as a potential confound.

Chaz Firestone & Brian Scholl and Frank Durgin respond to this argument in the same issue of the journal. Simone Schnall’s rejoinder entitled “No Magic Bullet in Sight” once again reiterates the point that plenty of results on embodied perception cannot be accounted for by demand characteristics, and that more generally a distinction between perception and judgment is not supported by behavioural or neural evidence.

Schnall, S. (2017). Social and contextual constraints on embodied perception. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 325-340.

Schnall, S. (2017). No magic bullet in sight: A reply to Firestone and Scholl (2017) and Durgin (2017). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 347-349.