Attention, Representation & Embodiment

As I’m reading on mental imagery, and mental representation I’m torn between the Constructivist and Empiricist positions on development, as described by Muller, Sokol and Overton. On one hand their is the idea that mental representation is consciously constructed in relation to the world in an embodied fashion. The cornerstone of this position is that representation exists to serve the intentionally directed will of the agent. On the other hand there is the notion that the relationship between mental representation and the world is a causal one. The world  impacts itself on the agent, who passively receives signals that are transformed into representations.

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