The systematic scientific investigation of human perception began over 130 years ago, yet relatively little is known about how we identify complex patterns. A major reason for this is that historically, most perceptual research focused on the more basic processes involved in the detection and discrimination of simple stimuli. This work progressed in a connectionist fashion, attempting to clarify fundamental mechanisms in depth before addressing the more complex problems of pattern recognition and classification. This extensive and impressive research effort built a firm basis from which to speculate about these issues. What seemed lacking, however, was an overall characterization of the recognition problem – a broad theoretical structure to direct future research in this area. Consequently, our primary objective in this volume, originally published in 1981, was not only to review existing contributions to our understanding of classification and recognition, but to project fruitful areas and directions for future research as well. The book covers four areas: complex visual patterns; complex auditory patterns; multi-dimensional perceptual spaces; theoretical pattern recognition.
Preface. Part 1: Perception of Complex Auditory Patterns 1. Pitch Perception: An Example of Auditory Pattern Recognition Frederic L. Wightman 2. Perception of Sound Signals at Low Signal-to-Noise Ratios Reinier Plomp 3. The Role of Stimulus Uncertainty in the Discrimination of Auditory Patterns Charles S. Watson and William J. Kelly 4. Meaningfulness and the Perception of Complex Sounds John C. Webster 5. Speech Perception and Auditory Processing A.W.F. Huggins Part 2: Perception of Complex Visual Patterns 6. Negligible Symmetry Effects in Dot-Pattern Detection William R. Uttal and Thelma E. Tucker 7. A Psychophysical Approach to Dimensional Integrality Robert G. Pachella, Patricia Somers and Mary Hardzinski Part 3: Theoretical Approaches to Pattern Recognition 8. Feature-Extraction Approach to Auditory Pattern Recognition Julius T. Tou 9. Pattern Recognition in Ocean Acoustics Arthur E. Bisson Part 4: Multidimensional Perceptual Spaces 10. Multidimensional Perception Spaces: Similarity Judgment and Identification David J. Getty, John A. Swets and Joel B. Swets 11. Feature Selection in Auditory Perception James H. Howard, Jr. and James Ballas 12. Auditory Perception: Recommendations for a Computer Assisted Experimental Paradigm Cynthia H. Null and Forrest W. Young. Author Index. Subject Index.