It takes little or no effort for us to gather information by means of our senses but it would be a mistake to take this as a sign that perception is simple. It was in the 20th century and after the establishment of psychology as a scientific discipline that the study of perception flourished. This important volume gathers together a selection of articles and essays which represent some of the most interesting discoveries and theories. It gives a flavour of the many different approaches and ideas taken by cognitive psychologists in this fascinating area. Topics covered include: attention, brain systems, object interpolation and completion, object recognition and classification, different types of objects, and information processing and models.
Contents: Series Preface; Introduction. Part I Attention: A feature-integration theory of attention, Anne M Treisman and Garry Gelade; Attention and the detection of signals, Michael I. Posner, Charles R.R. Snyder and Brian J. Davidson; Abrupt visual onsets and selective attention: voluntary versus automatic allocation, Steven Yantis and John Jonides; What attributes guide the deployment of visual attention and how do they do it, Jeremy M. Wolfe and Todd S. Horowitz. Part II Brain Systems: Implications of sustained and transient channels for theories of visual pattern masking, saccadic suppression, and information processing, Bruno G. Breitmeyer and Leo Ganz; Neuronal correlates of subjective visual-perception, Nikos K. Logothetis and Jeffrey D. Schall; Separate visual pathways for perception and action, Melvyn A Goodale and A. David Milner. Part III Object Interpolation and Completion: Subjective contours, Gaetano Kanizsa; Perceiving objects across gaps in time and space, Philip J. Kellman and Thomas F. Shipley; Infants' physical world, Ren Baillargeon. Part IV Object Recognition and Classification: Objects, parts, and categories, Barbara Tversky and Kathleen Hemenway; Parts of recognition, D.D. Hoffman and W.A. Richards; Recognition-by-components: a theory of human image understanding, Irving Biederman. Part V Different Types of Objects: What is 'special' about face perception?, Martha J. Farah, Kevin D. Wilson, Maxwell Drain and James N.Tanaka; The reviewing of object files: object-specific integration of information, Daniel Kahneman, Anne Treisman and Brian J. Gibbs; Auditory and visual objects, Michael Kubovy and David Van Valkenburg; The shape of holes, Marco Bertamini and Camilla J. Croucher. Part VI Information Processing and Models: The discovery of processing stages: extensions of Donder's method, Saul Sternberg Ecological constraints on internal representation: resonant kinematics of perceiving, imagining, thinking, and dreaming, Roger N. Shepard; Neu