Sensory Substitution and Augmentation

ISBN : 9780197266441

Fiona Macpherson
300 ページ
156 x 234 mm
Proceedings of the British Academy

Sensory substitution and augmentation devices are built to try to replace or enhance one sense by using another sense. For example, in tactile-vision, stimulation of the skin driven by input to a camera is used to replace the ordinary sense of vision that uses our eyes. The feelSpace belt aims to give people a magnetic sense of direction using vibrotactile stimulation driven by a digital compass. Fiona Macpherson brings together researchers -neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers -who are developing these technologies, studying the minds and behaviour of subjects who use them. Sensory Substitution and Augmentation has three specific aims. The first is to present the latest empirical research on sensory substitution and augmentation. Second, philosophers and scientists who adopt a very different approach comment on the empirical work. Their commentaries are often critical of the assumptions of the work, but often they make and call for clarifications, suggest extensions to the work, or comment on features of the application of the work that the original authors do not. This is one reason why Sensory Substitution and Augmentation is more than simply a collection of papers on the same topic. Finally, philosophers look at the nature of sensory substitution and augmentation, tackling issues such as the nature and limitations of sensory substitution, the nature of the sensory experiences, theories of perception, and the potential for these devices to help those people with disabilities, in part due to future amendments of the devices that are suggested. Throughout, there is a particular focus on the nature of the perceptual experiences, the sensory interactions, and the changes that take place in the mind and brain over time that occur while using and training to use these technologies.


List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Fiona Macpherson: Sensory Substitution and Augmentation: An Introduction
2 Laurent Renier: Sensory Substitution: from Sensations to Phenomenology
3 Barry C Smith: Sensory Substitution and The Transparency of Visual Experience: Comments on Laurence Renier
4 Jennifer Corns: Disambiguating the Perceptual Assumption: a Commentary on Auvray and Deroy
5 Paul Noordhof: Sensory Substitution and the Challenge of Acclimatisation
6 Sarah Hillenbrand, Dina Raveh, and Amir Amedi: What Can Sensory Substitution Tell Us About the Organisation of the Brain?
7 Derek Brown: Sensory Substitution Devices and Behavioural Transference: A Commentary on Recent Work from the Lab of Amir Amedi
8 Maurice Ptito, Katherine Iversen, Malika Auvray, Ophelia Deroy, and Ron Kupers: Limits of the Classical Functionalist Perspective on Sensory Substitution
9 Michael J Proulx, David J. Brown, and Achille Pasqualotto: The Processing of What, Where, and How: Insights from Spatial Navigation Via Sensory Substitution
10 J. Kevin O'Regan: Rewired Animals and Sensory Substitution: The Cause is Not Cortical Plasticity
11 Robert Briscoe: Bodily Action and Distal Attribution in Sensory Substitution
12 Thomas D. Wright and Jamie Ward: Sensory Substitution Devices as Advanced Sensory Tools
13 Jonathan Cohen: Sensory Substitution and Perceptual Emergence
14 Kevin Connolly: Sensory Substitution and Perceptual Learning
15 Charles Spence: Sensory Substitution: Unfulfilled Promises and Fundamental Limitations
16 David Suarez, Diana Acosta-Navas, Umut Baysan, and Kevin Connolly: Sensory Substitution and Non-Sensory Feelings
17 Jerome Dokic: The Role of Noetic Feelings in Sensory Substitution


Fiona Macpherson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, where she is also director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and trustee of the Kennedy Memorial trust. Her work concerns the nature of consciousness, perception and perceptual experience, introspection, imagination, and the metaphysics of mind. She has written on the nature of the senses, on cognitive penetration, and on illusion and hallucination. Her publications include Handbook of Philosophy of Colour (with Derek Brown; 2018), Phenomenal Presence and Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory (both with Fabian Dorsch; 2018), Hallucination (with Dimitris Platchais; 2013), The Senses (2011), The Admissible Contents of Experience (with Katherine Hawley; 2011), and Disjunctivism (with Adrian Haddock; 2008).