What is it about?

The paper is about light as a perceptual experience. As a peculiar perceptual presence, light can be experienced as luminosity, as environmental brightness, and as surface brightness (the so-called interplay between light and shadow). The paper illustrates phenomena and experiments in relation to such experiences.

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Light is a universal archetype, a primordial phenomenal experience that has ever since conditioned mankind's understanding and representation of the world, becoming a metaphor for fundamental concepts. As such, the perceptual experience of light is deeply rooted in cultural heritages around the world. In this paper I show and address phenomena that aid our understanding of light perception.


I consider this to be just one step towards a more comprehensive study of the role played by light in the development of human cultural expressions.

Daniele Zavagno
University of Milano-Bicocca

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This page is a summary of: The perception of light from a phenomenological perspective., Psychology of Consciousness Theory Research and Practice, December 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/cns0000269.
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