Show simple item record McClelland, Tom Jorba Grau, Marta 2023-07-14T06:50:43Z 2023-07-14T06:50:43Z 2023
dc.identifier.citation McClelland T, Jorba M. Perceptual motivation for action. Rev Philos Psychol. 2023;14:939-58. DOI: 10.1007/s13164-021-00608-8
dc.identifier.issn 1878-5158
dc.description.abstract In this paper we focus on a kind of perceptual states that we call perceptual motivations, that is, perceptual experiences that plausibly motivate us to act, such as itching, perceptual salience and pain. Itching seems to motivate you to scratch, perceiving a stimulus as salient seems to motivate you to attend to it and feeling a pain in your hand seems to motivate actions such as withdrawing from the painful stimulus. Five main accounts of perceptual motivation are available: Descriptive, Conative, Imperativist, Reflexive and Dual Content views. Some of these have been developed in detail and others are natural extensions of existing views. However, we argue that none provides a satisfactory account of the target perceptual states. Driven by the failings of each account, we identify three conditions that any satisfactory theory of perceptual motivation must meet: Direct Motivational Force, Non-Obligatory Force and Intention-Independent Influence. Then we offer an account that attempts to fulfil these conditions: the Affordance Model. This model of perceptual motivation is premised on the claim that each of the target states involves the perception of a specific affordance for action and the triggering of Automatic Motor Initiations (AMIs). We suggest that AMIs can explain the motivational force of these perceptual states.
dc.description.sponsorship Financial support for this work was provided by MINECO, Spanish Government, research projects PID2020-115052GA-I00 and PGC2018-093464-B-I00, funded by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (Spain) and a 2019 Leonardo Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators, BBVA Foundation (the Foundation takes no responsibility for the opinions, statements and contents of this project, which are entirely the responsibility of its authors).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
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dc.title Perceptual motivation for action
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dc.subject.keyword Perceptual motivation
dc.subject.keyword Imperative
dc.subject.keyword Affordance
dc.subject.keyword Motor initiation
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