Cognitive penetration: Would we know it if we saw it?

G. Rhodes, M. L. Kalish

Research output: Contribution to journalShort Survey Articlepeer-review


How can the impenetrability hypothesis be empirically tested? We comment on the role of signal detection measures, suggesting that context effects on discriminations for which post-perceptual cues are irrelevant, or on neural activity associated with early vision, would challenge impenetrability. We also note the great computational power of the proposed pre-perceptual attention processes and consider the implications for testability of the theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-391
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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