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Visual Perception

Key Readings, 1st Edition

Edited by Steven Yantis

Psychology Press

432 pages | 160 Color Illus. | 6 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780863775987
pub: 2000-11-10
Hardback: 9780863775970
pub: 2000-11-10

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Collects twenty five classic articles in visual perception, the articles span a century and include examples from disciplines that contribute to our current understanding of vision. Discussion questions and further reading suggestions follow.


"Yantis has collected a terrific sample of some of the best articles ever written about vision. They include classical writings by giants such as Helmholtz, Wertheimer, and Gibson, as well as modern contributions by pioneers like Marr, Shepard, and Treisman. Every serious student of vision should own this book … and know its contents cover to cover." -- Professor Stephen Palmer, University of California, Berkeley

Table of Contents

Visual Perception: An Overview. Part I: Theoretical Perspectives. H. von Helmholtz, Concerning the Perceptions in General. W. Tanner and J. Swets, A Decision-Making Theory of Visual Detection. H. Barlow, Single Units and Sensation: A Neuron Doctrine for Perceptual Psychology? J. Gibson, The Theory of Information Pickup and its Consequences. D. Marr, The Philosophy and the Approach. Part II: Early Vision. L. Hurvich and D. Jamison, An Opponent-Process Theory of Color Vision. D. Hubel and T. Weisel, Receptive Fields and Functional Architecture of Monkey Striate Cortex. C. Blakemore and F. Campbell, On the Existence of Neurons in the Human Visual System Selectively Sensitive to the Orientation and Size of Retinal Images. S. Zeki, J. Watson, C. Lueck, K. Friston, C. Kennard, R. Frackowiak, A Direct Demonstration of Functional Specialization in Human Visual Cortex. W. Newsome, K. Britten, and J. Movshon, Neuronal Correlates of a Perceptual Decision. Part III: Perceptual Organization and Constancy. M. Wertheimer, Laws of Organization in Perceptual Forms. E. Rubin, Figure and Ground. L. Kaufman and I. Rock, The Moon Illusion. H. Wallach, Brightness Constancy and the Nature of Achromatic Colors. I. Rock, R. Nijhawan, S. Palmer, and L. Tudor, Grouping Based on Phenomenal Similarity of Achromatic Color. Part IV: Object and Spatial Vision. H. Lissauer, A Case of Visual Agnosia with a Contribution to Theory. M. Mishkin, L. Ungerleider, and K. Macko, Object Vision and Spatial Vision: Two Cortical Pathways. E. Adelson and J. Movshon, Phenomenal Coherence of Moving Visual Patterns. R. Shepard and J. Metzler, Mental Rotation of Three-Dimensional Objects. I. Biederman, Recognition-by-Components: A Theory of Human Image Understanding. Part V: Visual Attention and Awareness. A. Treisman and G. Gelade, A Feature-Integration Theory of Attention. K. O'Craven, B. Rosen, K. Kwong, A. Treisman, and R. Savoy, Voluntary Attention Modulates fMRI Activity in Human MT-MST. L. Weiskrantz, E. Warrington, M. Sanders, and J. Marshall, Visual Capacity in the Hemianopic Field Following a Restricted Occipital Ablation. D. Scheinberg and N. Logothetis, The Role of Temporal Cortical Areas in Perceptual Organization. Appendix: Reading Journal Articles in Cognition Psychology. Author Index. Subject Index. 6 Color Plates.

About the Series

Key Readings In Cognition

The aim of the series is to make available to senior undergraduate and graduate students key articles in each area of cognition psychology in an attractive, user-friendly format.

Many professors want to encourage their students to engage directly with research in their fields, yet this can often be daunting for students coming to detailed study of a topic for the first time.

Moreover, declining library budgets mean that articles are not always readily available, and course packs can be expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Key Readings in Cognition aims to address this need by providing comprehensive volumes, each one of which will be edited by a senior and active researcher in the field.

Articles will be carefully chosen to illustrate the way the field has developed historically as well as current issues and research directions.

Each volume will have a similar structure to include:

  • An overview chapter, as well as introduction to sections and articles.
  • Questions for class discussion.
  • Annotated bibliographies.
  • Comprehensive author and subject indexes.
  • The article How to Read a Journal Article in Cognitive Psychology, especially prepared for this series by Henry L. Roediger, III and David A. Gallo.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology