This collection of research on object perception focuses on holistic and featural properties of objects, the mechanisms that produce such properties, how people choose one type of property over another, and how such choices are improved during the course of child development. The contributions consider alternative perceptual characterizations, the way in which such properties are represented in the mind, how particular properties are more useful in some kinds of tasks that humans perform, and how the developing child learns to cope with different properties in choosing among alternatives to optimize task performance. These papers were written by specialists for specialists in experimental, cognitive, and developmental psychology.
"…valuable to readers wishing to learn about methods and findings within the research areas covered…more useful than a priori arguments about the possibility of the necessity of such representations is the test of whether their properties can actually be determined. Anyone asking this question will find a wealth of thought-provoking evidence here…"
—The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
"…This volume contains much new and interesting data…the breath of inquiry covered by the volume is compelling."
Contents: J.L.F. Trespalacios, Object Perception and Phenomenology. H.E. Egeth, C.L. Folk, P.A. Mullin, Spatial Parallelism in the Processing of Lines, Letters, and Lexicality. J.R. Pomerantz, E.A. Pristach,C.E. Carson, Attention and Object Perception. L.A. Cooper, Mental Models of the Structure of Visual Objects. S.E. Palmer, Reference Frames in the Perception of Shape and Orientation. M.I. Lasaga, Gestalts and Their Components: Nature of Information-Precedence. B.E. Shepp, On Perceiving Objects: Holistic Versus Featural Properties. S. Ballesteros, Some Determinants of Perceived Structure: Effects of Stimulus and Tasks. G.R. Lockhead, Category Bounds and Stimulus Variability. J.D. Smith, Analytic and Holistic Processes in Categorization. L.B. Smith, P. Evans, Similarity, Identity, and Dimensions: Perceptual Classification in Children and Adults. D.G.K. Nelson, The Nature and Occurrence of Holistic Processing. T.B. Ward, Analytic and Holistic Modes of Processing in Category Learning.