Attention as a Scientific Cognitive Concept
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In the discussion on whether attention exists and what attention is, Wayne Wu argues for an overarching concept of attention as selection for action. Henry Taylor denies the possibility of such a monistic account of attention. In this article, I demonstrate that Taylor’s argumentation against both Wu’s theory specifically and attention monism in general does not hold. Additionally, I argue that Wu formulates what Jolien Francken and Marc Slors (2014) call a scientific cognitive concept (SCC) of attention – a specified concept consisting of sub-concepts based on operationalisations – which prevents mistranslation and generalisation of research data. Consequently, Wu provides a solution to the unclarity of the attention debate as well as a model for elucidating cognitive concepts.
Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen