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Beginning with his doctoral dissertation in 1950 which introduced the study of event perception and the application of vector analysis to perception, Gunnar Johansson has been a seminal figure in the field of perception. His work on biomechanical motion in the 1970s challenged conventional notions and stimulated great interest among experimental psychologists and students of machine vision. In 1989 Johansson published his latest theoretical synthesis, the optic sphere theory, an...
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Perceiving Events and Objects

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Overview

Beginning with his doctoral dissertation in 1950 which introduced the study of event perception and the application of vector analysis to perception, Gunnar Johansson has been a seminal figure in the field of perception. His work on biomechanical motion in the 1970s challenged conventional notions and stimulated great interest among experimental psychologists and students of machine vision. In 1989 Johansson published his latest theoretical synthesis, the optic sphere theory, an innovative conceptualization that goes beyond his earlier proposals.

This volume presents -- for the first time -- an extensive precis of the out-of-print classic 1950 monograph prepared by Johansson. It also includes a representative set of Johansson's important publications produced over the ensuing four decades. These papers served as the springboard for a set of original essays by a distinguished group of North American and European scientists. Part critical commentary, part elaboration, and part seeking new directions, the entire collection makes for a singularly rich treatment of the perception of objects and events.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134785612
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • File size: 9 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Contributors
1 Gunnar Johansson: A Practical Theorist. An interview with William Epstein 3
2 Configurations in Event Perception 29
3 Rigidity, Stability, and Motion in Perceptual Space 123
4 Perception of Motion and Changing Form 134
5 On Theories for Visual Space Perception 169
6 On Theories for Visual Space Perception 179
7 Visual Perception of Biological Motion and a Model for its Analysis 185
8 Spatio-Temporal Differentiation and Integration in Visual Motion Perception 208
9 Studies on Visual Perception of Locomotion 223
10 Toward a New Theory of Vision. Studies in Wide-Angle Space Perception 239
11 Visual Vector Analysis and the Optic Sphere Theory 270
12 Looking at Perceptual Theory Through a Johansson Lens 297
13 Comments on Epstein: Looking at Perceptual Theory Through a Johansson Lens 309
14 Human Factors in Road Traffic 319
15 A Note on the Synergy Between Basic and Applied Research 329
16 Vector Analysis 337
17 Can the Johansson Vector Analysis Be Applied to the Perception of Illumination, Color and Depth? 347
18 Seeing Structure in Space-Time 357
19 Perception of Biological Motion: The KSD-Principle and the Implications of the Distal Versus Proximal Approach 383
20 Perceived Bending Motion, the Principle of Minimum Object Change, and the Optic Sphere Theory 409
21 Vector Analysis, Perceptual Intention, and the Hidden Rules of Visual Perception 417
22 Decoding Principles, Heuristics and Inference in Visual Perception 436
23 The Significance of Vection: Thoughts Provoked by Gunnar Johansson's Studies on Visual Perception of Locomotion 449
24 Measuring with the Optic Sphere 455
25 On the Optic Sphere Theory and the Nature of Visual Information 471
26 The Optic Sphere Theory as a Slant Determining Mechanism 479
27 Personal Comments 495
Gunnar Johansson: Bibliography 1950-1993 505
Name Index 513
Subject Index 519
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