Visual Perception Physiology, Psychology and Ecology

ISBN-10: 1841692387
ISBN-13: 9781841692388
Edition: 4th 2003 (Revised)
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Description: The new edition of this comprehensive text continues to provide a detailed and up-to-date account of research on visual perception, while maintaining the emphasis of earlier editions on the functional context of vision. Reflecting recent theoretical  More...

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List price: $71.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 9/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The new edition of this comprehensive text continues to provide a detailed and up-to-date account of research on visual perception, while maintaining the emphasis of earlier editions on the functional context of vision. Reflecting recent theoretical developments, the book is organised around the distinction between two broad functions of vision, to provide awareness and to control action. In Part I, the account of visual processing in the brain has been extensively updated, and evidence from neuroimaging and neuropsychology has been integrated into a critical account of the 'two pathways' theory of visual cortex. The revision of chapters in Part II has given particular attention to recent advances in integrating psychophysical, physiological and computational approaches to problems such as the perception of surfaces and of motion. With the help of new illustrations, full introductions are provided to the key mathematical concepts used in these areas. In Part III, three new chapters draw on evidence fromboth animal and human behaviour to cover optic flow and locomotion, the timing of actions, and perception of the social world. The concluding chapter considers critically the wider theoretical implications of the distinction between awareness and action as separate functions of vision. Visual Perception, Fourth Editionwill be an invaluable resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of psychology, biology, physiology and neuroscience, as well as researchers in the fields of visual neuroscience, visual perception and animal behaviour.

Patrick Green has served as the Director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola University Chicago since its inception in August, 2007. The Center for Experiential Learning houses five university-wide programs, including service-learning, academic internships, student employment / community-based federal work study, undergraduate research, and the electronic portfolio program. As a Clinical Instructor of Experiential Learning, Dr. Green teaches a variety of general elective experiential learning courses, engaging students in service-learning, community-based research, internship experiences, and undergraduate research.Dr. Green's research includes the impact of experiential learning programs on skill development and career development (funded by the National Association of Colleges and Employers Research Foundation Grant), the meaning-making processes of reflection in service-learning/experiential learning, and the use of electronic portfolios in experiential learning (Inter/national Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research).Dr. Green was chosen as an Engaged Scholar for National Campus Compact, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE).

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Fourth Edition
The Physiological Basis of Visual Perception
Light and Eyes
Light and the information it carries
The evolution of light-sensitive structures
The adaptive radiation of the vertebrate eye
Conclusions
The Neurophysiology of the Retina
The retina of the horseshoe crab
The vertebrate retina
The retina as a filter
Conclusions
Visual Pathways in the Brain
The lateral geniculate nucleus
The striate cortex
Beyond the striate cortex
The human brain: Two visual pathways?
Dynamics and feedback in the visual pathway
Conclusions
Vision for Awareness
Approaches to the Psychology of Visual Perception
Marr's theory of visual perception
Connectionist models of visual perception
Images, Filters, and Features: The Primal Sketch
Light, surfaces, and vision
The primal sketch
Multiple spatial filters
Other routes to the primal sketch
Energy models for feature detection
Some unresolved questions in multi-scale vision
Illusory contours and orientation coding
Summary
Perceptual Organisation
Ambiguous pictures
Gestalt laws of organisation
Concealment and advertisement
Perceptual organisation in other species
Why do the Gestalt laws work?
Artificial intelligence approaches to grouping
Finding texture boundaries
The neurophysiology of texture segmentation
Suppressive surrounds: Psychophysics
Beyond filters: Contours and surfaces
Conclusions
Seeing a 3-D World
Binocular stereopsis
Pictorial cues to depth
Depth from motion
Integrating depth cues
Conclusions
The Computation of Image Motion
First principles: Motion as orientation in space-time
Motion detectors
Encoding local velocity
A hierarchy of processing in the motion energy system: From V1 to MT
Global motion
Second-order and "long-range" motions
The integration of motion measurements
Motion from feature tracking
Spatial variations in the velocity field
Position, motion, and eye movements
Conclusions
Object Recognition
Simple mechanisms of recognition
More complex recognition processes
Template matching
Feature analysis
Structural descriptions
Marr and Nishihara's theory of object recognition
Beyond generalised cones: Recognition by components
Viewpoint-dependent recognition
Discriminating within categories of objects: The case of face recognition
Static vs moving forms
Conclusions
Vision for Action
Introduction to the Ecological Approach to Visual Perception
J.J. Gibson's theory of perception
The control of human action
Conclusions
Optic Flow and Locomotion
Optic flow and retinal flow
The visual control of insect flight
Visual control of posture and locomotion
Conclusions
Vision and the Timing of Actions
Scaling an action with distance
Timing actions from optic flow
Continuous visual control
Predictive control
Conclusions
Perception of the Social World
Perceiving other animals' behaviour
Human perception of animate motion
Human face perception
Conclusions
Conclusions
Contrasting Theories of Visual Perception
Cognitive and ecological theories of perception
Active vision
Conclusions
References
On-line Resources for Perception and Vision Science
Glossary
Author Index
Subject Index

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