Brain and Perception: Holonomy and Structure in Figural Processing

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $104.96
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 12%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $104.96   
  • New (3) from $104.96   
  • Used (4) from $134.50   


Presented as a series of lectures, this important volume achieves four major goals:

1) It integrates the results of the author's research as applied to pattern perception — reviewing current brain research and showing how several lines of inquiry have been converging to produce a paradigm shift in our understanding of the neural basis of figural perception.

2) It updates the holographic hypothesis of brain function in perception.

3) It emphasizes the fact that both distributed (holistic) and localized (structural) processes characterize brain function.

4) It portrays a neural systems analysis of brain organization in figural perception by computational models — describing processing in terms of formalisms found useful in ordering data in 20th-century physical and engineering sciences.

The lectures are divided into three parts: a Prolegomenon outlining a theoretical framework for the presentation; Part I dealing with the configural aspects of perception; and Part II presenting its cognitive aspects. The appendices were developed in a collaborative effort by the author, Kunio Yasue, and Mari Jibu (both of Notre Dame Seishin University of Okayama, Japan).

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898599954
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1991
  • Series: Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 420
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Acknowledgments. Viewpoint. Prolegomenon.Aims and Origins. Outlines of a Holonomic Brain Theory. Part I: Configural Aspects. Transformational Realism: The Optic Array, the Optical Image and the Retinal Process. Imaging: Cooperativity in Primary Sensory Systems. Object-Forms and Object Spaces: Sensory-Motor Reciprocity. Images of Achievement and Action Spaces: Somatic Processes in the Control of Action. Part II: Cognitive Aspects. Comprehension: Contributions of the Posterior Cerebral Convexity in Enhancing Processing Span. Familiarization and Valuation: The Contributions of the Amygdala System to the Demarcation of an Episode. Irrelevance and Innovation: The Contributions of the Hippocampus and Limbic Forebrain to the Processing of Context. Envisioning Proprieties and Priorities; Practical Inference: The Far Frontal Cortex as Executive Processor. Epilogue. Appendices: Neurodynamics: A Theory of Nonlocal Cortical Processing. Symmetry, Invariance and Group Theory in Object Perception. The Definition of Context. Familiarization as Transfer Among Contexts. The Formation of Prototypes. Neurodynamics and Innovation. The Neurodynamics of Covariation and Inference.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)