Hierarchical Categorical Perception in Sensing and Cognitive Processes

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    This article considers categorical perception (CP) as a crucial process involved in all sort of communication throughout the biological hierarchy, i.e. in all of biosemiosis. Until now, there has been consideration of CP exclusively within the functional cycle of perception-cognition-action and it has not been considered the possibility to extend this kind of phenomena to the mere physiological level. To generalise the notion of CP in this sense, I have proposed to distinguish between categorical perception (CP) and categorical sensing (CS) in order to extend the CP framework to all communication processes in living systems, including intracellular, intercellular, metabolic, physiological, cognitive and ecological levels. The main idea is to provide an account that considers the heterarchical embeddedness of many instances of CP and CS. This will take me to relate the hierarchical nature of categorical sensing and perception with the equally hierarchical issues of the "binding problem", "triadic causality", the "emergent interpretant" and the increasing semiotic freedom observed in biological and cognitive systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBiosemiotics
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)113-130
    ISSN1875-1342
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2008

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    Cognitive systems
    Semiotics
    Communication
    Biological systems
    Perception, Cognition
    communication
    Categorical Perception
    Cognitive Processes
    causality
    semiotics
    Categorical

    Keywords

    • Categorical perception
    • Categorical sensing
    • Triadic causality
    • Cognitive Tautology
    • Umwelt
    • Semiotic freedom
    • Digital–analogical consensus
    • Hierarchy
    • Emergent interpretant
    • Sensorial integration
    • Semiotic integration
    • “Binding problem”

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    In: Biosemiotics, Vol. 1, No. 1, 13.02.2008, p. 113-130.

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