Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology by Stephen E. Palmer

By Stephen E. Palmer

This e-book revolutionizes how imaginative and prescient might be taught to undergraduate and graduate scholars in cognitive technological know-how, psychology, and optometry. it's the first entire textbook on imaginative and prescient to mirror the built-in computational technique of sleek learn scientists. This new interdisciplinary method, known as "vision science," integrates mental, computational, and neuroscientific perspectives.The ebook covers all significant subject matters on the topic of imaginative and prescient, from early neural processing of photo constitution within the retina to high-level visible consciousness, reminiscence, imagery, and information. The presentation all through is theoretically subtle but calls for minimum wisdom of arithmetic. there's additionally an intensive word list, in addition to appendices on psychophysical tools, connectionist modeling, and colour know-how. The ebook will serve not just as a complete textbook on imaginative and prescient, yet additionally as a important reference for researchers in cognitive technology, psychology, neuroscience, machine technological know-how, optometry, and philosophy.

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In that book, Irv tried to present the phenomena of visual perception at an introductory level yet within a coherent and principled theoretical view of perception as a problem solving process. While it was still in print, it was my favorite perception text, and I know that some instructors continue to use it in photocopied readers to this day. Irv's influence on this book has been substantial, as careful readers will surely discover. Had he lived, I believe his continued contributions would have improved it further and kept me from making some mistakes I doubtless have made in his absence.

Vision. 2. Visual perception. 3. Cognitive science. I. Title. 8'4dc21 99-11785 CIP Page v In loving memory of my mentor, colleague, and friend, Irvin Rock (1922-1995), who taught me more about visual perception than everyone else combined and who showed me by example what it means to be a scientist. 4 Is Grouping an Early or Late Process? 4 Visual Long-Term Memory 588 Three Types of LTM 588 Visual Routines 589 Recall versus Recognition 589 How Good Is Episodic Visual LTM? B. 3 Consciousness and the Limits of Science 656 Relational Structure 657 The Isomorphism Constraint 658 Relation to Functionalism 659 Biology to the Rescue?

Given that we have few, if any, truly adequate theories in vision science yet, virtually every insight we have into known phenomena and every predicted new one have been generated by incorrect theories! They are, quite simply, an essential component of vision science. In this book I have therefore taken the position that it is just as important for students of vision to understand theories as to know about phenomena. , Chapters 2 and 8) are almost entirely theoretical. But I have tried to do more than simply catalog bits and pieces of existing theory; I have tried to present a theoretical synthesis that is internally consistent and globally coherent.

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