Visual Perception: An Introduction

Visual Perception: An Introduction

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Visual Perception: An Introduction by Nicholas J. Wade, Michael Swanston

Vision is our most dominant sense, from which we derive most of our information about the world. From the light that enters the eye and the processing in the brain that follows, we can sense where things are, how they move and what they are. The first edition of Visual Perception took a refreshingly different approach, to perception, starting from the function that vision serves for an active observer in a three-dimensional environment. In this second edition Nicholas Wade and Michael Swanston have continuedthis approach in contrast to many traditional textbook treatments of vision as a catalogue of phenomena. The core of the book covers the perception of location, motion and object recognition. The machinery of vision is also described. The book places the study of vision in its historical context as our ideas have been shaped by art, optics, biology and philosophy as well as psychology.

The authors have again provided a readable, accessible and truly relevant introduction to the world of perception that will be welcomed by students studying visual perception and those with a general interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415010436
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 06/28/1991
Series: Introduction to Modern Psychology Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.17(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to first editionix
Preface to second editionxi
1Understanding visual perception1
Functions of visual perception2
Models of visual perception6
Measuring visual perception11
Visual perception and the physical environment20
Development of perception22
When vision goes wrong25
2The heritage32
Art and representation43
Life sciences49
3Light and the eye85
Visual optics86
Visual neurophysiology102
Frames of reference144
Visual direction149
Visual distance159
Sources of motion stimulation180
Motion phenomena185
Retinocentric motion195
Egocentric motion202
Geocentric motion208
Perceiving object properties216
Perceptual constancies217
Recognising objects226
7Representations and vision236
Pictures and objects237
Computer-generated displays250
8Summary and conclusions259
Name index277
Subject index281

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